”This is clearly Trump’s fault.”
Canadian clinical psychologist and prominent public intellectual Jordan Peterson expressed a viewpoint sympathetic to President Donald Trump in a tweeted response to criticism of Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat.
“This is clearly Trump’s fault,” Peterson said, replying to user kwilli1046’s tweet claiming the 43rd Congressional District, which Waters represents, is the “worst in Los Angeles” and that the congresswoman lives in a “mansion outside her district.”
Waters lives 0.1 miles outside the district she represents in a home that was once located within the bounds of the 43rd Congressional District until redistricting took place, reported the Los Angeles Times in 2015.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Waters owns a home valued between $1 million and $5 million.
This is clearly Trump’s fault… https://t.co/7Zz0sJBq4R
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) July 5, 2018
Peterson’s reply was a tongue-in-cheek jab at those perceived as being too quick to blame the president for sundry ills that befall the nation. Many conservatives have complained that Trump has become the scapegoat for various national plights.
Political columnist John Dempsey urged liberals to “Stop Blaming Trump for Everything” in an op-ed from May, writing that Democrats and the media falsely tell Americans that Trump is the “epicenter of many issues.”
Is this another sign Peterson is flirting with outright support of Trump? Peterson’s views have earned him the praise of many on the right and the admiration of some Trump supporters (threads praising Peterson routinely pop up on the pro-Trump r/the_donald subreddit).
During an interview with The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis, Peterson revealed that given the right to vote in the 2016 US election he would have likely voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton.
It’s a stance that’s earned him the admonishment of Sam Harris, a fellow prominent intellectual, who argued in an interview published in The Independent on Sunday that Peterson’s silence on Trump contradicts his vaunted commitment to truth (“The truth is what redeems the world from hell!” Peterson once said).
“I think if you are at all committed to the truth, scientific or any other form of truth, to not have noticed that the current occupant of the oval office has done more to harm the public notion of truth than any person in living memory… That seems a strange omission,” Harris told The Independent.
Harris also said that Peterson’s fanbase is full of Trump supporters and that Peterson had “done far less” than Harris to “make it uncomfortable for the Trump supporters in his fan base.”