The Dehumanizing Language from Trump’s Speech Nobody’s Talking About

“You’re the real people,” he said, just before his fans stormed the U.S. Capitol.

A photo of US President Donald Trump looking like it’s in a funhouse mirror
Distorted Trump Photo by Pau Casals on Unsplash

“You’re the real people.”

But to me, “You’re the real people” is particularly terrifying, dehumanizing language. When we cease to see others as “real” and deserving of life, horrific things can happen. Just before they stormed the Capitol building, Trump told the mostly white mob they were victims, and the ones “demean”ing them were inhuman, not “real people.”

Front page of nytimes.com showing headline “TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN”
Front page of nytimes.com showing headline “TRUMP IMPEACHED AGAIN”
Screenshot of https://www.nytimes.com/ at 1:40 PM PST on January 13, 2021

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