The longtime opponents of what they mockingly termed "the culture of victimhood" now revel in every perceived slight. Republicans accused of unethical behavior make great martyrs.
How bad is the delusion? When they aren't actually treated like oppressed minorities, they pretend they were. Have you seen the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence's exhaustive and remarkable "Insurrectionism Timeline"? Allow me to make the much less exhaustive Timeline of incidents in which young right-wingers pretended to have been the victims of political violence, or even "hate crimes."
Every so often, some young Republican will pretend to have been the victim of a violent hate crime. In 2006, there was Justin Jatkoff, who was supposedly beaten senseless by either black people or "a homosexual rights group" who'd sent him an "odd/threatening" e-mail. (He was actually just beaten up by his friends.)
Later that year, a conservative Mormon college student named Francisco Nava claimed to have received hundreds of death threats for a column attacking Princeton University's "hookup culture." He said he feared for his safety. Then he claimed he was brutally attacked by men in stocking caps who beat him with a bottle of Orangina. After he became a conservative cause celebre, the cops got him to admit that he'd invented the threats and the attack.
And then there's Ashley Todd, College Republican National Committee field representative, who claimed to have been brutally attacked by some liberal black person during the 2008 campaign, because she had a McCain sticker on her car. A "B" -- for "Barack" -- was even carved into her cheek. As we all remember, the B was backwards, because Todd has "carved" it herself.
When Democrats were complaining of death threats as the healthcare debate raged, then-minority whip Eric Cantor claimed someone shot up his office. Police determined that the bullet that landed inside a window at his campaign office had been fired randomly into the air.