The Double Standard—Trump and Priebus Style


Here is Reince Priebus’s response to questions raised by Chris Wallace on FOX about the New York Times article chronicling Donald Trump’s long history of very sexist behavior towards women:

In essence, Priebus is arguing that because such attacks have not previously derailed Trump’s candidacy, they no longer matter. Trump is a transformational candidate because everything that used to be fundamental to how we judge political candidates has not seemed to apply to Trump. Therefore, Trump is more likely than Clinton to be a transformational force in Washington—to have a transformational impact on how the American government operates.

This is, of course, a classic example of the logical fallacy of equivocation, among other fallacies.

But, beyond the GOP chairman’s manifold illogic about Trump and his strengths, Trump himself has sought to make Hillary Clinton a symbol of the political establishment by very pointedly asserting her involvement in the sexual scandals…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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