The GOP turns ‘political correctness’ into the mother of all straw men

The GOP turns ‘political correctness’ into the mother of all straw men
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Back in the summer, when Megyn Kelly confronted Donald Trump with a few of the nasty things he had said about women, the candidate had a simple retort.

“The big problem this country has is being politically correct,” he said.

The big problem? Not economic growth, or terrorism, or war against the Islamic State. No, the big problem in these United States is political correctness.

Since that first debate, Trump and his fellow Republican presidential candidates have connected political correctness to virtually every issue: Vladimir Putin. Immigration. The San Bernardino shooting. Planned Parenthood. David Cameron. The Islamic State. Gun ownership. Social networks. Demagoguery. Muslims. Women in the military. Israel. American exceptionalism. Climate change. Education. The mental-health system. The media. The national debt. Drug addiction. Prisoners of war. Women. Torture. Trans fats.

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