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Quite a rant
Filmmaker and author Bret Easton Ellis says in a new book that people acting like "spoiled children" need to wake up and realize that President Donald Trump is their president, too.
What are the details?
According to the Washington Examiner, which obtained a copy of Ellis' new book "White," the author says that "childlike fascism" and "demented narcissism" of liberals helped put Trump in office.
The book was initially set to be titled "White Privileged Male."
In the book, Ellis also blasts the "legacy media" that covered the 2016 presidential election for biased coverage and says that the coverage also helped Trump win.
The Examiner's Toby Harnden wrote: "He places Trump's 2016 victory and what he sees as the Left's continued refusal to accept his legitimacy squarely in the context of millennials — those who reached adulthood around the start of the 21st century."
Branding millennials "Generation Wuss," Harnden pointed out, Ellis decries the generation's "oversensitivity, their sense of entitlement, their insistence they were always right despite sometimes overwhelming proof to the contrary" and "their joint tendencies of overreaction and passive-aggressive possibility."
Ellis also adds that such mentality can be placed on the shoulders of helicopter parents who smother their children, "not really teaching them how to deal with life's hardships."
"People might not like you, this person will not love you back, kids are really cruel, work sucks, it's hard to be good at something, your days will be made up of failure and disappointment, you're not talented, people suffer, people grow older, people die," Ellis writes.
Such parenting results in millennials being consumed by "victim narratives" as well as "anxiety and neediness." He also points out that deviating from the herd of groupthink will automatically brand you as "racist" or "misogynist."
"This is an age that judges everybody so harshly through the lens of identity politics that if you resist the threatening groupthink of 'progressive ideology,' which proposes universal inclusivity except for those who dare to ask any questions, you're somehow f***ed," writes Ellis. "Everyone has to be the same, and have the same reactions to any given work of art, or movement or idea, and if you refuse to join the chorus of approval you will be tagged a racist or a misogynist."
Ellis adds that he, too, believed that Trump would defeat former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and closely followed the way the media began covering the candidates' respective campaigns.
"Legacy institutions like The New York Times and CNN [were not] tracking what seemed to me a shifting reality," he writes. "The media became so freaked out that they abandoned the hallmarks of neutrality and perspective."
"Trump was the poster-boy antithesis of the proud moral superiority of the Left as defined forever by Clinton's 'basket of deplorables' comment, as well as by Michelle Obama's breathlessly condescending 'When they go low, we go high,' both of which were quoted approvingly in the legacy media," he writes.
The way the legacy media covered the election, he believes, pushed many people to "turn Donald Trump into the biggest underdog in American political history."
Ellis notes that he's not on any particular part of the political spectrum and didn't vote for either candidate during the 2016 presidential election.
"I hadn't voted for anyone, not only because I lived in rest-assured California, but also because during the campaign I'd realized I wasn't a conservative or a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, and I didn't buy into what either party was selling," he writes. "I'd also thought Bernie Sanders' platform was impractical to the point of absurdity."
Ellis also reveals that his boyfriend became increasingly irritated with him as he slipped into political apathy.
"When my traumatized boyfriend criticized me for not being angrier about the election (five months after it had happened) I shot back that I didn't want to talk about Trump anymore," he writes. "I didn't care. He was elected president. Get over it."
He goes on to compare those continuously crying about Clinton's defeat were, according to the Examiner, reminiscent of the "complaints of spoiled children at a birthday party when they didn't win the relay race, and who wanted the race rerun with different rules, while stomping their feet, arms crossed, pinched faces crimson and wet with tears."
Ellis also says that he'd gotten to a point where he's simply stare at such people "while a tiny voice in the back of [his] head started sighing, 'You are the biggest f***ing baby I've ever f***ing heard in my entire f***ing life and please you've got to f***ing calm the f*** down."
"I get it, I get it," he writes. "You don't like f***ing Trump, but for f***'s sake, enough already for f***'s sake."
The filmmaker and writer also, the Examiner reported, points to one incident in particular that he says highlights behaviors indicative of fascism: when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because of her affiliation with the Trump administration.
"The shunning of others who don't like you had moved past protest and resistance into childlike fascism," he writes. "The different viewpoints were judged as immoral, racist, and misogynist."
"[M]aybe when you're roiling in childish rage, the first thing you lose is judgment, and then comes common sense," he writes. "And finally you lose your mind and along with that, your freedom."
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