If you pay any amount of attention to politics, you have no doubt witnessed people on your own side who mean well, but damage the movement due to either their rudeness or their misrepresentation of both sides’ arguments. None of us want to be that person. If you strive to be an effective conservative leader, here are fourteen political buzzwords you should consider avoiding so as not to inadvertently harm your fellow conservatives and their work.

Killary

Yes, Hillary Clinton favors abortion on demand. And yes, her track record is spotty when it comes to terror and foreign policy. But seriously, she has a name, and it isn’t Killary. It may have been clever word play the first time, but now it is an irrelevant cliché that makes you sound like you spend all your time commenting on political Facebook videos.

Nobama/Obummer

This is the same principle as “Killary.” Disliking a former President does not make it morally right to call him rude and petty nicknames. You and the conservative movement look much worse when you do this than the person you are insulting.

Snowflake

Snowflakes are a form of precipitation, just like raindrops or hailstones. I’m not sure exactly when this became an insult, but I have observed that most of the people using the term derogatorily are just as easily offended, if not more so, than the “snowflake” in question.

Fake News

No matter how much President Trump says it, it will never be okay to demonize the free press as “fake”, when at most it is biased. Sure, call InfoWars, Liberal Society, and The Last Line of Defense fake news, but not CNN, The New York Times, or the Washington Post. While they are undoubtedly biased, so are Fox News and The Blaze, which almost anyone regularly using the term “fake news” refuses to admit.

MSM/Mainstream Media

Anyone saying this is rarely referring to all of the mainstream media. They are referring to the liberally biased media. News doesn’t get much more mainstream than Fox: it’s the most watched cable network. But it is almost never considered “mainstream”; only left-leaning sources are.

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Libtard

This is insulting, rude, and does nothing to further civil debate. How would you like it if when you shared your opinion, you were constantly called a “Conservatard”?

Clinton News Network

Yes, CNN is often liberally biased, and primarily supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign. However, the campaign is over. The Clinton family is not mentioned half as much on CNN now as it was during the election. If you’re going to tell the other side to get over the election, you have to do the same.

OUR President/MY President

First off, you should probably avoid using all caps unironically. Second, this starts an argument where one might not otherwise exist. It’s an intentionally inflammatory jab at detractors of the President.

LOLbertarian

Aside from the fact that this is terrible word play, if you are a right-winger who uses this term, you are insulting your own side. Most libertarians lean right, at the very least economically. If you wouldn’t call someone a CONstitutionalist or a RepubliCAN’T, then don’t call someone a LOLbertarian. On another note, most Libertarians are principled and form logical, coherent arguments, which is nothing to “lol” at.

RINO

This term is often used by those who lean far to the right, and dislike moderates. They forget that the Republican Party desperately needs moderates. Moderates are often the people who are good at working across the aisle, and bring others into the party.

Triggered

This is actually a term used mostly by the left, but much of the right has taken to using it ironically. Either way, it is wildly insensitive. A real trigger is caused by PTSD and is a serious condition, not an instance of being mildly uncomfortable or offended.

“Just Trolling”

Please, I am begging you not to do this. There are much better uses of your time than tricking people into getting offended online, only to later tell them that you actually agree with them. Go door knocking or tabling for a candidate, have a leisurely afternoon with a friend, volunteer at the homeless shelter; do anything but intentionally make people angry on social media.

Deplorable

“Deplorable” is not a good thing. Its dictionary definition is “deserving strong condemnation.” Just because Hillary Clinton used it negatively does not mean you should wear it as a badge of honor. If Secretary Clinton had called half of President Trump’s supporters “Hitler”, you wouldn’t suddenly start calling yourself a “Proud Adolf”, would you?

Drain the Swamp

Contrary to popular belief, many politicians are trying their best to do what they believe is right for America. They are human beings too, and I am sure would prefer not to be compared to an over-saturated land mass.

Katie M
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Katie is a liberty-loving follower of Jesus residing in sunny North Carolina. She strives to empower young women to become leaders and activists for important causes. She loves crafting ideas and proving points and competes in debate and mock trial. Outside of politics, she enjoys music, dance, good books, and good tea.

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