Pity the Poor Trigger-Happy Fools [OPINION]
I've never seen such a display of weakness in all my days on this planet. Everywhere you go someone is "triggered" by something or someone. It's a clear sign that we have a mental health crisis on our hands.
CNN commentator Angela Rye admitted this week to being triggered by 16-year-old Covington Catholic's Nick Sandmann's "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" hat, saying it is "just as maddening and frustrating and triggering for me to look at as a KKK hood."
Get a grip, Angela.
Whatever happened to the good old days when people were tough as nails and would never admit to being triggered by anything, let alone an inanimate little red ball cap? I guess I'm just a cranky old white guy who just doesn't get it. Perhaps I need to be triggered more.
For those normal folks who are not so easily triggered and may not be familiar with this phenomenon I borrowed the definition from the Urban Dictionary to try and explain it:
Getting filled with hate after seeing, hearing or experiencing something you can't stand.
Person 1 posts something on the internet.
Person 2: "Relax mate, don't be mad"
Person 1 gets triggered, or angered.
Person 1: "THAT'S IT, YOU TRIGGERED ME"
Person 1 continues to bash on Person 2.
To compare a red ball cap with the words "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" stitched to the front of it to a KKK hood is not only a stretch but a display of ignorance and is insensitive to folks who were the victims of people (like the late Democrat Senator Robert Byrd) who proudly wore the hood.
Somehow I suspect that the 40-year-old Rye, a successful attorney and cable TV commentator, is not really triggered by the MAGA hat but is perhaps a bit of a drama queen who is still smarting over the 2016 election.
Toughen up, little cupcake. There is another election next year.
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