At the end of this post, please see two screenshots I found on “Constitutional Conservative” politician Paul Nehlen’s @pnehlen Twitter feed this morning: His profile, and a post which contains a Did he mean to say that? bit of profanity.
In fairness, the four-letter T word is more obscure than most obscenities. Still, this social media user’s post defends someone who has hurt women. Did he set out to use a word which insults women? We’ll never know. There’s a chance one of his kindred spirits will approach him discreetly and say, “Paul, I’m sure you don’t know what you just did, but…” If he deletes the post, we can guess Mr. Nehlen has learned a new word and decided using it was a mistake.
The only problem is, none of it is actually funny. Vulnerable people are hurt by power abuses, and the abusers get way too much protection from their political allies. The Twitter post in question is an example of that, with or without rude words.
This protect-your-own, code-of-silence formula should never be tolerated. Although I don’t have Cable TV (and wasn’t listening to audio on Sirius/XM Streaming), last night I was aware of a Fox News host getting hell on social media for failing to address the latest sexual abuse scandal involving a Republican. I’m pretty sure the man in question was the same person referred to in Paul Nehlen’s post.
We can speculate on how many Hollywood people and liberal activists were aware of Harvey Weinstein’s criminal acts without saying a word about them. I’m trying to stay out of the sophomoric fight over which segment of society has the most destructive code of silence, but after Harvey Weinstein’s behavior became a matter of public record I didn’t hear liberals making excuses or suggesting Mr. Weinstein should keep his job. If anyone did that, the person’s character was disgraced.
Dan Savage raised hell on Twitter with Kevin Spacey. I saw it, in case anyone tries to suggest it didn’t happen that way.
Sometimes people stay quiet about others getting hurt because they don’t think they can handle the consequences of whistleblowing. I’m still trying to come to terms with that because I’ve usually been one of the individuals who gets hurt without anyone coming to my defense.
Be that as it may (I love that expression because it sounds so affected it’s comical), there’s very little to expect in future news coverage on this topic, except for more names added to the list of suspects and possibly some criminal charges. So, I’ll just call out one of the apologists by posting his Stupid Twitter Moment. Even if he typed the word innocently enough, he resorted to ridiculous name-calling. He’s pandering to voters who don’t set the bar too high for articulate expression. No matter how you look at it, Paul Nehlen is embarrassing himself.
(Clarification: My private social media friends know I have used Windows 10 tools to make some online material look ridiculous. That altered material is always shared with a disclosure. I give you my word I have not altered the two images on this page, with the exception of cropping to remove unrelated subject matter and make the images easier to read.)