No, it’s not surprising that National Review has declared comparisons of George Orwell’s 1984 with the Trump administration to be ridiculous. Here’s the byline from Jim Geraghty’s new piece (“Donald Trump & 1984: Liberals Should Stop Invoking Orwell,” National Review, 3/2/2017):
If Orwell were alive today, he’d be more concerned with the world’s genuine dictatorships than with the Trump administration.
Hear that, liberals? Orwell would be concerned with genuine dictatorships. Like… erm… America?:
The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels 1984 and Animal Farm gave us the word “Orwellian.” That adjective reflects a vast government’s efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but also to do so by reinventing the meaning of ordinary words while rewriting the past itself. America, of all places, is becoming Orwellian.
That’s Victor Davis Hanson in early 2014 referring to Barack Obama. Yep. He wrote a whole piece about Obama’s engagement of Doublespeak. Yet in less than a month, National Review has published not one, but two essays on why Trump isn’t what Orwell was talking about.
You heard it here first, folks. Barack Obama was the true purveyor of Doublespeak, not Donald Trump. The man who who regularly retweets white supremacists and unironically claims he is the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen is not Orwellian. We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.