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How Trump makes extreme things look normal

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The scariest part of Trump's first year as president isn't how abnormal he is, it's how normal he makes everything else look by comparison. Follow Strikethrough on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/CarlosMazaVox/ Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o “Don’t normalize this” has become a kind of rallying cry during President Trump’s first year in office -- a reminder to not get too acclimated to Trump’s norm-breaking and erratic behavior. But the real danger of the Trump presidency might have less to do with Trump’s abnormality and more to do with how “normal” he makes other Republicans look by comparison. And the concept of the “Overton Window” helps explain why our politics and media might be warped long after Trump’s presidency comes to an end.
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Dhruv Datta (2 hours ago)
Hierarchy of craziness:radical,ridiculous,unthinkable,trump land
Venom Supreme (1 day ago)
I feel like psychology is just something that applies to people who aren’t paying attention.
YER 15 (1 day ago)
Democrats hate this trick
Louis Galindo (6 days ago)
Haven’t you ever watched jreg, the extremes make progress happen.
Zipity (6 days ago)
Trump = bad Anything else = better
Conor Stack (23 hours ago)
Meghan Smith (7 days ago)
F**k Vox
Erdoğan Keleş (7 days ago)
2:11 Im *N o T*
ExpertJB (8 days ago)
All the clips you showed were democratic networks. CNN, and MSNBC are all democratic.
Dutch Messiah (10 days ago)
Well politically speaking, conservatives are in the middle. Moving society to a new phase, Progressivism; maintaing the status quo, conservatism; reverting society to an earlier stage, reactionism.
EA 333 (10 days ago)
Washington is turning in his grave
Elizabeth Hilbert (12 days ago)
Honestly I didn't feel anything watching any of those clips so jokes on them I don't feel anything anymore
jomy10 (17 days ago)
Video: "Trumpland" Trump watching this video: That's not a bad idea
L WGG (18 days ago)
So if I want to make sure people take the climate crisis seriously, all I need to do is say "We have less than a year to start taking measures to turn the climate crisis around. That is why we must all go on strike TODAY, no one goes to school, no one goes to work, cause there's no point unless we strike" ? Somehow I don't think that will work.
Happy Birthday (24 days ago)
IKR, the American who stabs other American with knife are nice guys to me compare those american shoot up in school
Jo Odebode (27 days ago)
Europe is beginning to fill with white supremacists, America is a mess, now where will I move to. Maybe Asia. Or someplace in Africa
Jarod Rhudy (28 days ago)
And Obama did the same thing on the left for eight years. And Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are doing the same thing now.
Felipe Alencar (1 month ago)
We gotta take the window 🔙🔙
Penwang Rtsang (1 month ago)
Good to know!
Julian Bruck (1 month ago)
Anyone whose ever bargained at a marketplace already understands the Overton window
Venom Supreme (1 day ago)
Excellent analogy to market pricing!
philly car keys (1 month ago)
If you Stand for nothing you could fall for anything. You can pass new laws but you can't change the commandments.
Testing Sites (1 month ago)
when Obama and other like-minded used to shift the overtone window - all is OK this how things should run, when Trump does this - apocalypses. Smells like double standards to me ... so "main stream media"
DigitalMadrigal (1 month ago)
This is why Bernie Sanders calling himself a Socialist is the best thing to happen to politics. M4A happened because he first shocked everyone with that S label.
Bikky Ghai (1 month ago)
My lesson is: liberal media tries to let Trump fall because he is so succesful in achieving his goals, and intolerant liberalist do not like that. Liberals are mostly without principles, so they lie and frame people, trying letting them fall, like in the recent impeachment trials. Mueller has not workes, and now they try this one. Greetings from Europe
IiISaladIiI_alt (1 month ago)
In my opinion, this is good. More people (including conservatives) will be viewed as "the left", and this is democracy; more left voters means more left officials.
Friday 1212 (1 month ago)
So Trump is just being big brain?
That'sTerrorists, Bro! (1 month ago)
So many political scientists in the comments lol
Luca Michael (1 month ago)
vox is where I go to to feel superior as a European
Squsodu (2 months ago)
Anna Jakubowski (2 months ago)
Thats actually really bad
Blaire Tyrant (2 months ago)
Plot twist, it's the left wing abusing the overton window, not the right.
S Tate (2 months ago)
Totally describes AOC plus three!
Denny's Donuts (2 months ago)
I'm so sick of the current Republican party and state of politics. I can't wait for Trump to be impeached or at least smeared to the point we don't have to consider him anymore politically.
Mars King (2 months ago)
My dad came to the same conclusion but didn’t have the language. Thanks Vox.
The Automaticist (2 months ago)
These people thought it had shifted by then? Laughable.
fghdrdtht gfghjhdf (2 months ago)
So true!
Velleity (2 months ago)
“How progressives have made normal things seem extreme”
T W (2 months ago)
Is that how the original overturn window came to be?
Nic Diaz (2 months ago)
The bar has always been “so low” for politicians. Trump hasn’t changed anything: politicians have always been a joke.
DannyDaDuffyDucking Daffer (2 months ago)
Question: *Exist* You know who's mind: Question: CEASE
DannyDaDuffyDucking Daffer (2 months ago)
Taxing poor people and all of that ain't normal tf
Robert Atkins (2 months ago)
On the flip side... how VOX makes normal things seem extreme
Atom (2 months ago)
facts do not care about your feelings
Z (2 months ago)
"The media are lying about the president and its the president's fault" Uhm...?
Atom (2 months ago)
He didn't blame the president once. He noted the divisiveness of his statements were normalizing more extreme conservatism
Brian Fong (2 months ago)
I will sum this 7 minute video in 3 sentences. You know when people low-ball or high-ball you on price negotiations? That's how extreme things seem normal.
Simply Sw3G (2 months ago)
this video is brought to you by Liberal Vox.
Parker Reese (3 months ago)
What does progressive mean is it a term for dem
Parker Reese (3 months ago)
Um the rich have more stuff and have to pay more taxes not to mention the poor in some states get money and also every single political leader does this to us and Obama wanted a wall too
Andre Vu (2 months ago)
Okay but like why should a person with very little be forced to give what they have to an already well off person? Sure the poor get more support but that's because they need it. The rich don't but are leeching off the less fortunate anyway
Nikola Leviathan (3 months ago)
Basically: “it’s ok when we move it, but when they move it it’s bad”
I I (3 months ago)
From my recent foray into figuring out my political ideals, and remembering this video, I’ve found I would probably be a centrist in my own country, but in America, I would be considered a left wing, even before Trump. The overton window has already moved from various other nation’s ideas of democracy and Trump’s made it worse. The cold war already made you very anti-left. From my perspective, the modern U.S. is equal to the U.S.S.R, not in military power, but from how I see the two countries, oppressive hellholes. There is a meme somewhere that fits this. A Star Wars: Episode III one. “You became the very thing you swore to destroy.” I feel it fits.
SHOW MONGOLIA (4 months ago)
hello. i like your graphics want to learn vox style
Aaron Silver-Pell (4 months ago)
I feel the same way, but about feminism honestly.
Dixie Normous (4 months ago)
what a vague argument lol
Conor Stack (22 hours ago)
It's not an argument. They're just pointing out the facts.
200 subs with no video challenge (4 months ago)
This is happening in the UK too :/
Raising Saints (4 months ago)
The irony is how you guys tell the world what you’re doing, but blame the other for it. (Btw- Trump was clear in calling out white supremacy as “having NO PLACE in our country!” In the very same press conf you all edit out; and has then stated it countless times after!
Brian Anderle (4 months ago)
7:05 He’s assuming that there will be a peaceful transition of power from Trump to the next president
Some Animal (1 month ago)
I think there will be.
Ayush Raj (4 months ago)
VOX vs FOX this is really interesting.
kys kys (4 months ago)
The u.s. normalized extreme right wing thinking its just right now that we starting to see there b.s.
Stormbubi (4 months ago)
2:50 haha, someone watched vic berger i see
Glowner (5 months ago)
Dems do the same tho, with advocating for nature conservation and social progressivism shifts the window left, and now that the republicans are doing the same its a crisis
Billy Aungpe (1 month ago)
@Hunter Finan Despite how obnoxious he comes off. He is technically correct. Before the 2016 Democratic primaries, advocating for socialism was seen as a joke. Now, in 2020 primaries, there are like 3 Bernie clones. Bernie Sanders slammed the Overton Window to the left and has considerable influence in the new Trumpism landscape despite the fact he lost to Hillary.
Hunter Finan (4 months ago)
Yes because making sure a few trees are still around is such a nightmare! And don't get me started on those equal rights for every citizen!
Borni Ekellem (5 months ago)
Since Trump is using tactics from the left, i would be more considered about the left !
Bruce Wayne (1 month ago)
Left and right are not about methods but about believes...
Richard Zellers (5 months ago)
Lord Stellaris (5 months ago)
tHe oVertOn WindOw
TheKayleeanna (5 months ago)
Americans silently thinking: "The Overton Window." Americans speaking out: "This is not normal." Americans resolution to themselves: "We won't let this be normal."
Beth Bartlett (5 months ago)
For those whom realize the very unsettling feelings - of this time: *It is the intent of MS News Media to make you feel this way.* When the 1% of the 1% owns all MS News Medias, *We don't have a Free Press* Google Search: Owner(s) of: - Fox News - the Associated Press "AP" - the Federal Reserve Bank Corporation - our Birth Certificates - the IRS - Management (Other "important need to knows') - Balfour Declaration What do all President Assassinations have in common? (US Currency) Who established the CIA? Prescott Bush What was George Bush, Sr's job just before he became VP - later POTUS? Who was Edward Bernays? Recommended Watch: "The Century of the Self" - It defines how and why Media manipulates the masses. If you are interested in understanding the what, why, and how's - these will truly give you the facts. I understand you response - the fears associated with this "Twilight Zone" experience - let me offer you a most comforting subject of absolute facts - this truly is the subject my mind Consciously goes to when I have those moments of - "that feeling in the middle of my stomach" when I trip over the "Narcissist-in-Charge" baiting the US Public for one of his "Daily Feeds" (this is why the Narcissists are referred to as "Energy Vamps") The subject that is *"absolute - truth - empowering"* Quantum Physics "Universal Law of Attraction", discovered in the 20th Century - (and it happens to be the very foundation off the Teachings of Jesus, some 2000 years prior: "Faith the size of a 'Mustard Seed'; "the body is a Temple of God"; "Ask and ye shall Receive") We manifest into reality, those subjects we place: "thoughts/feelings/energies -actions" upon. Peace truly does begin within. Avoid having negative thoughts about him - apply Thoughts toward "Your Desired State of Reality" - for yourself, those whom you love/care for - Community/State/Country/World/Universe - and do so with an Imagined State that it already exists - and your having Gratitude for the "Having it" We do affect our own, others, and the entire Collective's reality experiences. - thus, *be Conscious of your state of Thoughts, use the Higher-Mind over Ego-Mind, and know there are a growing number of People whom are doing this for the evolving of humanity to a Higher and Greater Level of Experiencing of Life - with Harmony and Wellbeing* Peace and Positive Energy Blessings, be Y O U R S ❤ 💫🌎💫
Beth Bartlett (5 months ago)
When the 1% of the 1% owns all MS News Medias, *We don't have a Free Press*
Mohammad Hadi Raza (5 months ago)
This is also happening in India, the rightward shift of ideology in my country
The Blockchain (5 months ago)
More like a correction tbh. Congress socialist rule for most of the past 6 decades, congress moved the overton window all the way to the left.
ganondorfchampin (5 months ago)
This video was frighteningly eye opening. The main thing it brought to mind is how Dubya now looks like a decent person, because he's being compared to Trump, even though he was essentially a war criminal.
Porsue (5 months ago)
Just learn to accept things lol everything can happen maybe one day trump visit your house for a meal cuz he's bored
Porsue (5 months ago)
Make me feel laugh but trust me trump will get things right
OKAYYYY (5 months ago)
sarah sanders seriously looks like shrek
Darth Utah 66 (5 months ago)
Technically, Sanders has done the same thing. Before him, no politician has really talked about implementing universal healthcare since Truman.
Mouse Utopian (5 months ago)
It's because Trump is a liar.
Rocket Fan (5 months ago)
Vox is such a mess
King Kris (5 months ago)
Vox criticising the right wing again. Just stop please.
Smitty werben JaegerManjensan (5 months ago)
So basically what (not to sound paranoid) the left has done with all of their agenda
Kenneth Robinson (5 months ago)
My head hurts
Reece N (5 months ago)
Saw the thumbnail and thought ‘Vox being fair?!’ Started watching ‘Oh, of course not.’
Brandon Pocklington (5 months ago)
This dude is stage 4 cancer.
Vezi Kerzoyayev (5 months ago)
Listen Vox I'd have to tell you something.Trump isn't the Prime Minister USA doesn't have one.USA has a senate I meant when you make videos on what he says.Why don't you talk about first President who would succeed in making the North Korea not a threat.What if this Iranian brutal regime falls cause of his sanctions.P.S To be honest the US-Iran Deal was one sided just for Iran as Iran never used the money on its people which they got after the sanctions were lifted rather funding terrorism and backing Syrian and Iraqi corrupt Government,funding houtis in Yemen and Hizbullah in Lebonan.
S Ali (5 months ago)
In the west politicians have usually refused to answer a question or just not answer correctly but Trump has taken western politics to third world country politics level where you tell blatant lies.
Amy (5 months ago)
Having conservative and trumpers as separate categories is so accurate
Vika Alefaio (5 months ago)
This model is used by mainstream media and Governments 24/7. Using Trump as an example is pretty lame. Look around, they all do it because they all live in lala land.
TheAdekrijger (5 months ago)
Obama deported more people and he bombed more people but the media wasn't covering it or they were to busy praising him for other things.
TheAdekrijger (5 months ago)
The president condemned white supremacy multiple times but CNN and MSNBC just won't cover it.
Mike Lindell (5 months ago)
TheAdekrijger When trump claims that ‘ there are good people on both sides ‘ during a white-supremacy related protest, you can’t just ignore that when trump comes out a day later saying ‘White supremacy bad.’
bjorn joseph (5 months ago)
Country needs a civil war
K9hobo productions (5 months ago)
American politics make me laugh.
Ravenclaw's heir (6 months ago)
someone pass me a knife so I can stab myself with it out of desperation
Amir Hagit Einav (5 months ago)
Ravenclaw's heir I say that to myself everyday
Jamie Kloer (6 months ago)
Anything’s no right of the left is normal.
Mr Sun Yat Sen (6 months ago)
I wish vox wasn’t left leaning it would be such a good channel some of these things vox days are absurd I’m a centrist not a Republican but there is so many things wrong with some of the things they say
Electric Cervix (6 months ago)
For me, the Overton Window has not moved to the right; the Trump administration is just outside of the Overton Window.
Gaurab Bhattarai (6 months ago)
Innocent until proven guilty.
Brandon Fritz (6 months ago)
Oh so when Democrats talk about abortion up until the baby is crowning it’s really just to normalize abortion in general... makes sense to me now
The Invisible Hand (6 months ago)
6:27 "attributable to" Was that so hard?
IloveCzechRepublic (2 months ago)
Yes, they’re over here writing in enchanting table.
Mac Craft (6 months ago)
biaised but interesting
Nicholas Wolf (7 months ago)
I wouldnt listen to what he says on twitter hes usually exaggerating.
Chucky H (7 months ago)
Erbose Ingersoll (7 months ago)
Fox news is NOT a news services
Uledin Reign (7 months ago)
I have come to realize that VOX is a very Liberal media outlet.
Bruce Wayne (1 month ago)
Duh...? It’s not hiding that. But good thing is they usually don’t source poorly.
Libertarian 7211 (7 months ago)
Let’s not pretend Democrats haven’t became more extreme since their 2016 campaigns
TheAdekrijger (7 months ago)
Accused. Accused. Accused. If they have so many accusations why can't they nail him for a thing. Oh yeah right they are just accusations created by political rivals.
TheAdekrijger (5 months ago)
@Amir Hagit Einav guess what if people want to interview you constantly and you say no just one time because you have more urgent matters to attend to they can claim that there was technically obstruction of justice. It's one of those violations that's really easy to pin on somebody.
Amir Hagit Einav (5 months ago)
TheAdekrijger they DID muller said that he committed obstruction of justice, just they can’t act on it.
Sampa Nath (7 months ago)
Well Obama made socialism the middle ground