Trump Fans Rush to Defend TSA Abuses

My USA Today oped yesterday,  “Thanksgiving travel: Trump’s holiday gift is more invasive airport security,”  enraged many Trump supporters and got me tagged as a pussy snowflake, part of the “HATE Trump agenda,” libtard, moron,  brain dead, clown, left wing bigot, dopey liberal, leftist loon, and “leader of the idiots.”  It is surprising to see how many people’s devotion to the president leads them to absolve an agency that has long abused Americans.

But the backlash at least balances out my record, since Tuesday’s article in The Hill (“Do Trump’s liberal critics seem increasingly unhinged?”) got me denounced – mostly by liberals and leftists –  as a   Nazi light ding dong, crypto-fascist, Russian agent, moron,  and “Trump cluck.”

The only point of agreement between the Trump supporters & the angry liberals is that I am a “moron.”  Well, that’s a start.

I am accustomed to sparks flying after my articles are published.  But I am surprised to see the scant concern for the decent Americans victimized every day by TSA screeners.  My article discussed the case of Jenna McFarlane, a 56-year old teacher; a TSA agent told her “to spread my legs wider” and proceeded to “touch my vagina four times with the side of her hand,” as she formally complained to TSA afterwards.  Here was one appalling retort:


Actually, USA Today has done far more to expose and oppose TSA abuses than has the editorial page of any other national newspaper. Here’s a link to an article I wrote for them in 2015 (“TSA Has No Excuse to Continue the Groping“) and another in 2016 (“My Too Intimate Relations with the TSA“)

The following comment was by far the most popular comment on the web page for the article –

And other comments that likely made their authors burst with pride –


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5 Responses to Trump Fans Rush to Defend TSA Abuses

  1. Activist November 19, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    The commenters who are calling you liberal, etc have no clue that they have been duped into supporting a socialist/fascist.

    He has an R after his name, so he must be conservative, right?

    This is the perfect manifestation of the Hegelian Dialectic.

    They don’t yet have the political maturity to know that you don’t have to be a liberal to despise the horrible things Trump is doing to take away our freedoms.

    He’s not a conservative, and definitely not a libertarian

  2. alpowolf November 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    It’s hilarious how so many people’s attitude toward the TSA is determined by who is president, not by the TSA’s performance.

    • Jim November 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      Yes, and I had such high hopes for humanity, too.

  3. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit November 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    Actually, that’s true of most horrific government practices overall. Bush’s Evil War became Obama’s Good War … and vice versa. The (D)s have now rediscovered states’ rights. And decided that maybe killing off the filibuster in the Senate wasn’t such a good idea.

    The ultimate problem is that it’s only a small minority like our host who actually want to reduce dotgov power – most people just want to see the power used by their own side for their own benefit.

    Nice to see you’ve padded out your resume with another couple hundred adjectives, Jim….your next book is going to need to have a second volume just to cover the accolades from your adoring-yet-ignorant fans….

    • Jim November 20, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

      One damn paradoxical response after another.

      Yep, the aspersions are piling up – I’ll need to muse more to milk ’em!