“Orange Man Bad”
Criticize Trump for any reason and the response of the MAGA cult is frequently. “Right. Orange Man Bad.”
Like that is a reply.
“Orange man bad” is a meaningless shibboleth that MAGA suckers bark. It is a placeholder for an actual argument. It literally means nothing at all. All it really does is signal to other members of the MAGA cult that the one using the shibboleth is maintaining unit cohesion in the face of rational argument against the god of his irrational cult of personality.
“Orange” is true but irrelevant (except insofar as it marks the fact that Trump is a weird vain person who thinks spray tanning makes him look good and not like a vain weird person). If you think his grooming habits are awesome, then de gustibus to you. I think they are ridiculous, but they are irrelevant to the issue of his moral behavior.
“Man” means something, but is not an indictment.
“Bad”, however, is precisely the question at issue: is he bad? If so, why? When he lies, is that not bad? When he neglects his duties to the degree that 100 thousand Americans die of COVID, how is that not bad? When he opens fire on peaceful protesters and does this to human beings
for the sake of a photo op where he holds up a Bible he does not read in front of a Church he does not attend so that he can co-opt a religion he does not believe and spit in the face of a God he does not worship, I would argue that this is, in fact, a radically bad act.
The stupid shibboleth “Orange Man Bad” is the response of a child. It is fingers in the ears and the shriek, “LALALALALALALA I’m not listening.” It is pathetic and contemptible mockery that communicates one thing only, “I am fearful and stupid–and I know it.” It refuses to address the question of good and evil because it knows there is in fact a torrent of evidence that the orange man is bad.
In short, “Orange Man Bad” can only mean one of two things: a) the evidence that the Orange Man is bad does not exist, which is a complete lie, or b) badness is cool, which is a grave moral perversion that implicates you in evil. Either way, “Orange Man Bad” is the argument of a fool.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
The Holy Bible. (2006). (Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition, Is 5:20–24). San Francisco: Ignatius Press.