Conservatives have jumped on victimhood bandwagon, but they’re just copycats

Conservatives have jumped on victimhood bandwagon, but they’re just copycats

The expression used to be “everyone’s a critic.” Today, “everyone’s a victim” seems more apt.

Conservatives like to criticize liberal-leaning, historically oppressed demographic groups — such as blacks, women, LGBT people, sexual assault survivors and religious minorities — for demanding moral or financial reparations for insults and injuries both real and perceived. Victimhood status has been used and abused to confer sympathy and moral authority, conservatives complain, as well as sundry undeserved “benefits.”

But in recent years, conservatives have found playing the victimhood card to be equally profitable for their own causes.

Right-wing persecution complexes have manifested themselves in men’s rights groups, the imagined War on Christmas (lately transmogrified into the War on Easter) and crusades justifying bigotry in the name of religious or ideological freedom.

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