Looking at the string of appalling statements from the rightwing commentariat in the last week or so, I have come to the conclusion that they must be involved in a private contest to “trigger the libs”, in the parlance of the Trumpist right, by making statements that will provoke social media outrage to be used either for mockery or claims of persecution as the occasion demands.
Chris Uhlmann’s entry in the competition, exposing firefighter Paul Parker as a One Nation voter, was explicitly designed to do this. It fell flat, but Uhlmann announced victory anyway.
His competitors seem to have drawn the lesson that lefties aren’t as easily triggered as they thought. To win the competition, they needed to say something that would appal any decent person, then denounce anyone who criticises them as a leftie.
Rather than nominate a single winner, I’ll give every player a prize for their success in triggering me as a typical leftie
- Ickiest: Andrew Bolt (tag-teaming with Gerard Henderson)
- Most bizarre: Miranda Devine, picking on 9 year old Quaden Bayles
- Most appalling: Bettina Arndt (not even going to link)
- Dishonourable mention: Mark Latham (ditto)
As far as I can tell, we haven’t yet heard from Joe Hildebrand and Prue McSween, who would normally be keen competitors.