“Dingbat,” “spics and your spades,” and “atheist pinko meathead” were some of Archie Bunker’s favorite slurs. The 1970’s television series was called “All In The Family,” and the starring character Archie, played by Carroll O’Connor, was an insensitive, prejudiced conservative.
Viewers turned it into a popular, award-winning show, because they found Archie ridiculous, enjoyed the parody of life, or agreed with him. Now we are seeing a resurrection of the bigoted conservative, embodied by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:
Calling Names And Mocking
There is a pattern to Trump’s behavior. First, he calls people ugly names or mocks them, just like Archie. He calls Mexicans “rapists,” mocked a reporter with a disability, and made fun of Carly Fiorina’s face.
Archie hurled obnoxious slurs with the worst of them:
The next step in Trump’s political strategy is to promise action against those he has labeled as “others:”
“You have to take out their families.” “Force Muslims to register.” “Bomb the shit out of them.” “Bring back waterboarding? You bet your ass, in a heartbeat. Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work.”
Archie would be in lockstep with Trump:
“If your spics and your spades want their rightful share of the American dream, let ’em get out there and hustle for it like I done. You wanna talk that Russian talk, take yourself back over to the USSO. No bum that can’t speak poifect English oughta stay in this country – oughta be de-exported the hell outta here! That’s how ya got your Chinatown, your Harlems, your Little Italy… all them ghettos.”
Then, there are Trump’s issues with women:
“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military – only 238 convictions-What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass. — from an ‘Esquire’ interview, 1991.”
“While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.”
‘New York Times’ columnist Gail Collins said that: “During one down period, I referred to him in print as a financially embattled thousandaire, and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and ‘The Face of a Dog!’ written over it.”
Archie was right there with the Donald:
“I believe in total equality between man and woman, but that equality can only come about when the female partner is willing to confess her total inferiority.” “A woman doctor is only good for women’s problems — like your groinocology.” “Paragorically, I will not let you ever talk about our sex life.”
The last step in Trump’s strategy is to incite his audience to action. A man shouted out at a rally that President Obama was a “dumbass.” Trump, thrilled, said, “I didn’t say it, I didn’t say it.” Then he told the Obama critic, “Go ahead, say it again—louder.” The man obliged. Trump was asked to apologize for the physical assault of a Black Lives Matter protester by white men at a Trump rally in Alabama. [Trump ordered the protester ejected.] Afterward, on Fox News, the seemingly unconcerned candidate said, “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” Trump declined to apologize.
Once again, Archie was right there with Trump:
“It’s a proven fact that capital punishment is a well-known deterrent to crime. You know what’s got the world in the shape today? Buddah, the Pope, Marx, and Lemons. If you liberals keep gettin’ your way – we’re all gonna hear one big loud flush. The sound of the U.S. of A. goin’ straight down the toilet. There’s nothing wrong with revenge – it’s the best way to get even.”
Archie Bunker sums up the 2016 conservative Republican candidates:
“The lord may be smilin’ on the sheeps, but they still wind up as lamb chops.”
Watch Bunker talking about equality:
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