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Conservatives want monopoly on calling others 'racist'

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

SAN DIEGO -- Conservatives hate it when people toss around the word "racist" to end an argument when they seemingly don't have anything else to say.

I always assumed that the reason for this frustration was that those on the right were tired of having that word hurled at them because of their clumsy handling of issues ranging from immigration to affirmative action to police brutality.

But it turns out the real reason that conservatives bristle when others use the word "racist" is because they want a monopoly. They want to be the only ones who get to use the word to end an argument when they seemingly don't have anything else to say.

I guess they decided: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Apparently, those on the right -- including many supporters of President Trump -- are not so worried about being honest, logical or consistent.

Not when discussing victimhood. Take my old friend, radio host Larry Elder, who I met nearly 25 years ago when we both hosted night-time shows for ABC Radio in Los Angeles.

I love it when he bashes "victo-crats." Too many Americans refuse to take responsibility for their actions, so they use the actions of others as excuses. But I'd love it even more if Elder were an equal opportunity basher. Nowadays, conservative white men claim to be victimized by everything from racial preferences to illegal immigration to trade deals to political correctness.

Conservatives are no more honest and no more consistent when sorting out who is, or isn't, a racist.

That's the lesson I learned recently from watching another old friend from the media, Tucker Carlson, as he attempted to rummage through current events without tripping over his tongue.

The Fox News host ferociously attacks other people for daring to call someone else "racist." It has become his signature move.

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