If you have been on the internet, then you are most likely aware of ‘Godwin’s Law’. Godwin’s Law states that as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1. And in this age of Trump, Godwin’s Law–or at least a corollary to it–has been proven again and again, given that the comparisons between Hitler and Trump, or Hitler and the Right Wing, or Hitler and the Alt-Right, etc. rarely cease. But, having been inspired by Godwin’s Law, I am wondering if something like ‘Trump’s Law’ is now required to enter the modern discourse as a meme. And while I will explain what Trump’s Law is in a moment, here is a Breitbart article to read first:
The church organist confessed to spray-painting “Heil Trump,” “Fag Church,” and a swastika on his congregation’s Bean Blossom, Indiana, meeting place.“I suppose I wanted to give local people a reason to fight for good, even if it was a false flag,” the St. David’s Episcopal Church organist confessed to the police.
Conditioned by media narratives tying the unanticipated election of Donald Trump to an anticipated explosion of hate crimes, the public, or at least that part of it really, really disliking the president, expects such behavior out of people wearing “Make America Great Again” hats. When Trump’s votaries don’t dutifully comply, the more enthusiastic despisers of the president play the parts they assign to his supporters.
Last month, a black man signing a note “White America” smashed a window and lit a fire at a Charlotte, North Carolina, store run by an immigrant. “Our newly elected president Donald Trump is our nation builder for white America,” read the culprit’s note.In December, a Muslim teen reported that a trio of “Trump”-chanting drunks attempted to rip off her hijab on a packed Manhattan train. When no witnesses of the human or camera variety corroborated her story, the young woman, afraid of her father’s reaction to her arriving home late from a date, admitted to concocting the story of anti-Muslim harassment from imaginary, inebriated Trump supporters. The previous month, a parishioner spray-painted “Vote Trump” on a Mississippi church he torched. The story of the hate crime went viral before the truth emerged.
If hate crimes didn’t exist, the president’s detractors would invent them. We know this because they do—often.
So, in light of the above, what is Trump’s Law? Well, Trump’s Law is simply this: After any nationalist right-wing politician is elected, the probability that a post-election Nazi and/or nationalist inspired hate crime is a hoax approaches 1. And Trump’s Law leads to Trump’s Rule: Never give any credence to any allegedly anti-progressive / pro-nationalist hate crime until and unless it is shown to be genuine beyond a reasonable doubt.