Exceptionalism and it’s equally bad inverse are so so so stupid, and yet so common even among seemingly educated and Intelligent folk.
“A is wrong, but it’s okay in situation B because myself and people I like are the ones doing it.”
“A is okay, but it’s wrong in situation B because you and people I don’t like are the ones doing it.”
They won’t put it in those terms however, that would require more honesty and self reflection than they could muster.
Exceptionalism is nothing but special pleading backed with power.