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New Kinds of Shaming in the Era of Trump

Gravitas Shaming

This brand of recrimination is predicated on the idea that focusing on minutiae — such as a hilarious midnight covfefe typo or a vulgar tweet about Mika Brzezinski — is morally irresponsible since there are “so many more important things” happening in the world. Gravitas Shamers urge you to ignore the ornery and decreasingly lucid man behind the curtain, and instead shift your attention onto the crisis in South Sudan or at the very least, something that might cast feminists and/or undocumented workers in a negative light.

Hillary Omission Shaming

Hillary Omission Shamers contend that no claim against the current President will ever match the imagined catastrophe of a Hillary Clinton administration. Popular usages include: “But her emails” and “Am I happy that he’s slashing Medicaid and attacking the justice system and insulting the London mayor after a terrorist attack and trying to pass a vaguely worded memo off as a tax plan? Of course not! But he’s still a million times better than Hillary Clinton, so shame on you!”

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