- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A new book identifies one of the most extreme reactions to President Trump and his administration. “Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump” by Robby Soave explores the instant culture among those who were ‘triggered” by Mr. Trump’s unexpected victory in 2016.

It was indeed a shock to Democrats, pollsters and strategists. A certain sector, however, considers that victory a personal threat.

“For young progressive activists, the election wasn’t just a surprise or disappointment: it was a declaration of war, an act of outright violence, a hate crime,” Mr. Soave writes, noting that one 26-year-old female compared the election to the 9/11 attacks.


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“It was traumatizing. Every time I realized that someone I knew voted for Trump, it was a sort of personal attack, or at least it felt that way,” a 19-year-old activist told the author, who is also an associate editor of Reason.com.

Mr. Soave also cited trends which suggest this new crop of radicals is uncomfortable — even “militantly opposed” — to free speech.



“Some activists simply reject the notion that people who do not share their views should be given rights at all,” Mr. Soave says, noting that the activists get upset and protective of one another if speech around them proves upsetting.

“In modern parlance, snowflakes are easily triggered. Snowflakes think offensive speech is violence. Snowflakes want safe spaces,” the author explained.

The book was published Tuesday by All Points Books.

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