TMP — Euphemistically Speaking

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Today my beef is about politically motivated whitewashing.

You all know what a euphemism is, right? A euphemism is the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

Personally I’m not fond of euphemisms. I’m more of a tell it like it is kind of a guy. But in political circles these days, particularly by Republicans, there is a tendency to use euphemistic language to soften the negative impact of Donald Trump’s words or action.

The most recent example of such euphemistic language comes from the Department of Defense. On Friday, the Pentagon released a timeline of how the National Guard was activated for and responded to the January 6th storming of the Capitol building by pro-Trump activists. The DOD labeled what took place in Washington on that date as “A First Amendment Protest.”

Let’s make one thing clear. What happened last Wednesday was not a peaceful protest about Americans’ First Amendment rights. Let’s call it what it was — an insurrection and coup attempt by a large group of far-right Trump supporters. It was instigated and promoted by Trump, himself. It was a seditious act and one for which Donald Trump is about to face an unprecedented second impeachment of his first (and only) term.

So, yeah, it pisses me off to refer to what happened last week in Washington, DC as a “First Amendment Protest,” when it was, in fact, a politically motivated attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election through a violent attack on the seat of our federal government by pro-Trump thugs.

Okay, I feel a little better now.

12 thoughts on “TMP — Euphemistically Speaking

  1. rugby843 January 11, 2021 / 9:11 am

    I agree. The whole thing was a debaucle and now they are trying to weasel out of their responsibility in all of it.

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  2. Marleen January 11, 2021 / 10:01 am

    Someone used the term “powerwash” (attribution to Jonathan Capehart), yesterday — while I don’t remember or know (I missed part of his show) if he was or wasn’t specifically talking about the DOD in that moment or was or wasn’t referring to the misnomer that the rally and the directing to the capital and the talk of (and yelling unto) being “strong” and of cheering or not cheering for particular elected officials in Congress and of having “trial by combat” and additional violent instigation, for Trump, had to do with the first amendment. There are so many attempts at gaslighting, right now — by organizations and by individuals and colluding entities or persons. The powerwashing can allude to the fact that it takes a lot to try and wipe away these realities from our awareness and sense of current and historical perspective. It can also refer to the fact powerful people or powerful efforts (concerted agreement to mislead) are often able to do so. There is much lying going on.

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    • Fandango January 11, 2021 / 12:03 pm

      It’s disgusting and demoralizing.


      • Marleen January 11, 2021 / 6:36 pm

        There were plenty of warnings as well as warning signs. Many people who think of themselves as with-the-good-guys kept scoffing and ignoring. Many of those (not all) still don’t seem to have caught on.

        To remind of simply one example:

        Georgia election official pleads with Trump and Republicans to stop ‘inspiring’ acts of violence

        CNN 12/2/2020

        … threats of physical violence and intimidation against election workers and officials, pleading with President Donald Trump to denounce the threats and urging both of the state’s Republican senators to intervene.

        “It’s all gone too far,” said Gabriel Sterling, the voting systems implementation manager for the Georgia secretary of state’s office, during a Tuesday afternoon news conference at the Georgia Capitol.

        The … Republican, grew visibly emotional as he described an incident in which a …. man was accused of treason and found a noose outside his house. The man’s family members have received death threats, Sterling said.

        “You need to step up and say this … stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence,” Sterling said, addressing the President. “Someone’s going to get hurt, someone’s going to get shot, someone’s going to get killed, and it’s not right.”

        “Be the bigger man here and stop — step in,” Sterling added. “Tell your supporters, don’t be violent, don’t intimidate. All that’s wrong, it’s un-American.”


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  3. newepicauthor January 11, 2021 / 11:50 am

    President Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper via Twitter, announcing that his acting replacement would be the current director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Christopher Miller and it looks like this is his opportunity to put his stamp on what he thinks that ought to look like, but I am sure that Trump is pulling his strings.

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  4. XingfuMama January 11, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    Using the term “first amendment protest” wasn’t a euphemism. It was a lie. There is a difference.

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  5. Carol anne January 12, 2021 / 6:06 pm

    Great peeve! I just stay out of all politics, because they all lie, and yes, that protest was an insurection, not a peaceful protest!

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