Let’s think about all this for a second. And not about the flimsy defense of “I was attacking an ideology!” — the subject of this jaw-dropping tirade. Let’s think instead about the key word in it. Eradication.
That word has a subtext. All words do. And increasingly, what’s happening on the right is that language functions as code. The code works because the subtext is implied. You don’t need to say it. Welfare queens. It doesn’t mean what “soccer moms” does, does it? And I hardly have to point out how — you already know, because the subtext is hidden in the phrase itself.
By now, you might have heard what happened over the weekend. A speaker at CPAC – the big conservative conference – said: “for the good of society … transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely – the whole preposterous ideology, at every level.” The internet went into an uproar.