The conservative urge to be victimized: Why right-wing victimization spreads so quickly

In late November, a new variant of COVID-19 was discovered by researchers in Botswana and South Africa. Within days, the omicron variant reached California, marking the first case recorded in the United States. Until the end of December, omicrons have not only become the dominant bacterial strain in the United States, but have also rapidly spread to push the number of daily cases well above recent delta increases.

One of the biggest risks of omicrons is the high levels of breakout infections, where vaccinated people still contract the virus. While people who are vaccinated, especially those who are boosted, tend to have much milder symptoms, if any, they still have transmission ability virus. In just a few weeks, omicrons tore the country apart, hospital capacity strain, cancel the flight, interrupting holiday gatherings, and most importantly, life-threatening. Based on Data from Johns Hopkins University, from December 1 to Christmas, more than 39,000 Americans have died from the virus

By all accounts, the main reason omicrons cause such havoc in the United States is our low vaccination rate. The United States, with a slightly more than 61% immunization rate, is among the Lowest of the developed world. Cuba is more than 84% fully vaccinated. Even Brazil, under anti-vaxxer President Jair Bolsonaro nearly 67 percent are fully vaccinated. Bolsonaro, like Trump, was skeptical of COVID threats from the start. However, he took the Trumpian absurdity to a whole new level, declared a year ago that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine “can turn people into a crocodile or a bearded lady” – and even his country more vaccinations than the United States.

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While there is still much to learn about omicron and its consequences for public health, one thing is clear: The only reason this country faces such an extremely serious public health risk is because the GOP has weaponized pandemic for political gain, to convince their supporters to trust the science and to oppose any policy, no matter what. makes sense, if it comes from a Democrat.

We spent time analyzing the right-wing conspiracy to distrust vaccines in the GOP constituency, a move that has really kills the supporters and sometimes So do GOP leaders and experts. But what we haven’t done is realize that the right-wing response to the pandemic is part of a larger political practice: Victim bullying syndrome.

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Some of you will be familiar with DARVO, an acronym for deny, attack, and reverse victim and offender. DARVO describes the behavior of psychological abusers when they are held accountable for their actions. Donald Trump and his supporters clearly show the habit of DARVO. Instead of accepting blame for whatever they did, they turned around and blamed those who blamed them for creating the problem. However, as I am describing Victim Bullying Syndrome (VBS), it is slightly different from DARVO. With DARVO, abuse occurs first, and DARVO only comes into play if an attacker is held accountable. But with VBS, the victim’s cries are a priority and are used to justify potential bullying behaviors. VBS’s bullies always act in self-defence.

Take the following example: In a recent interview with Fox News, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz said that Americans have fallen victim to President Biden’s “one size fits all” COVID-19 rules that restrict freedom of by ours. According to Oz, the citizens of the United States “want the government to stay away from them so as not to subject them to submission.

If we set aside the sheer stupidity of a doctor who thinks we need “as many different approaches as possible” to the pandemic, the key takeaway is that Oz claims that it is Biden’s books are designed to victimize the public by scaring them, depriving them of their freedom, and undermining their dignity. By this logic, refusing to wear a mask, get vaccinated, or advocate for a public health policy is a valid defense, rather than bullying that puts people at risk.

And no doubt, the right is more than just refusing vaccinations and following public health guidelines; In the face of the pandemic, they chose to respond with aggressive bullying: participate violent confrontation cover-up policy, attack the teacher, threatening school board members, troll scientists violently who spoke to the media about COVID and more. In fact violence far right exploded in the United States with COVID-19.

Similar to “painful winner syndrome” We have seen emerging after the election of former President Trump, VBS argues that the people on the right are always victims of their government and that it is completely justified to react aggressively.

It is this same logic that was the backdrop for the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, and we can see the same logic in the right-wing reactions to the House inquiry into the US Capitol. attack. Trump Spokesperson Taylor Budowich declares “Democracy is under attack. However, not by those who entered the Capitol illegally on January 6, 2021, but instead by a committee whose members move freely within Yes, according to Budowich, the real threat to our democracy are the elected officials investigating what happened on January 6, not the real people. Those people who, according to this twisted logic, were simply victims of election fraud.

It got worse.

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The victim card is at the heart of The Kyle Rittenhouse case also. Rittenhouse testified that he shot three men, two dead, with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in self-defense. In his testimony, Rittenhouse stated that the only reason he went to Kenosha, Wisconsin on the night of the shooting was to give first aid to people in need. Rittenhouse, then, was not an average vigilante. Instead, he became the victim, ready to defend himself if he attacked anyone. In a statement after the ruling released by the victim’s parents, they nailed the danger of Rittenhouse’s VBS. According to them, the ruling “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, then use the danger they have created to destroy justifies shooting people in the street.

So not only is VBS used by the right to assist with a public health disaster, it is literally used to justify armed murder and armed rebellion. As long as we allow the right to continue to describe ourselves as a victim of harm, injury, threat and therefore needing to take active action in self-defense, the closer we get to civil war. Actually, a recent Poll by the Institute for the Study of Public Religion found that 30% of Republicans believe “true patriotic Americans” may need to resort to violence to save the country. Nearly 40% still think the election was stolen.

So as long as the bullying syndrome pandemic is spread in the right-wing community, it will continue to overcome any threat to our nation from any new variation to the pandemic. COVID-19. Until we address the real threats to our country, not only will we not prevent COVID-19; We will allow the real risks to our health and the health of our democracy to continue to spread. The conservative urge to be victimized: Why right-wing victimization spreads so quickly

Huynh Nguyen

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