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Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:02 PM

Trump Voters Are Not the Enemy

Trump Voters Are Not the Enemy
Nicholas Kristof - FEB. 23, 2017

A few days ago, I blithely tweeted a warning that Democrats often sound patronizing when speaking of Trump voters. That provoked a vehement reaction.

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And so the comments went, registering legitimate anxieties about President Trump ó but also the troubling condescension that worried me in the first place. I fear that the (richly deserved) animus toward Trump is spilling over onto all his supporters.

I understand the vehemence. Trump is a demagogue who vilifies and scapegoats refugees, Muslims, undocumented immigrants, racial minorities, who strikes me as a danger to our national security. By all means stand up to him, and point out his lies and incompetence. But letís be careful about blanket judgments.

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Trump tries to ďotherizeĒ Muslims, refugees, unauthorized immigrants and other large groups. It sometimes works when people donít actually know a Muslim or a refugee, and liberals likewise seem more willing to otherize Trump voters when they donít know any.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/opinion/even-if-trump-is-the-enemy-his-voters-arent.html


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Kristof makes several points that are worth consideration. It might offer solace to paint "others" with a broad brush as Trump does, but it is neither accurate nor wise to give in to the feeling that hate can be justified.

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Reply Trump Voters Are Not the Enemy (Original post)
xocet Feb 2017 OP
Lanius Feb 2017 #1
Chevy Feb 2017 #2
bunnies Feb 2017 #3
lagomorph777 Feb 2017 #6
lsewpershad Feb 2017 #4
Freedomofspeech Feb 2017 #5
LenaBaby61 Feb 2017 #7
Freedomofspeech Feb 2017 #8
LenaBaby61 Feb 2017 #9
Freedomofspeech Feb 2017 #11
Zorro Feb 2017 #10
coco22 Feb 2017 #12
dalton99a Feb 2017 #13

Response to xocet (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:09 PM

1. Not all Trump voters are the enemy, but die-hard, right-wing nationalists can't be reasoned with

and should be voted out of office, and their repugnant ideas about race and national identity should be exposed.

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:15 PM

2. Sorry no dice. Ode to a Trump supporter

 

You say you voted for Obama twice then all of a sudden vote for a misogynist with multiple sexual assault charges, surrounds himself with anti-semites,white nationalists and Islamophobic fascists. You were never a democrat, liberal or progressive and you will be called out you red hatted goose stepper. How is that reaction Mr Kristof?

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:16 PM

3. Bullshit.

 

The Trump voters I know have "otherized" themselves. Fuck em. Every single one of them. I've lost years long "friends" over this as I'm sure many of us have. Last thing we need is to be lectured by someone incorrectly assuming we don't PERSONALLY know who these hateful, ignorant, compassionless, bigoted, selfish, fact-free, idiotic people actually are. I've had it with this shit.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 04:16 PM

6. Yup. Fuck 'em. It was abundantly clear what Trump stood for: pure evil.

Though his specific positions were sometimes randomized, all followed the consistently evil theme. Anybody who voted for the shithead wanted to elect a shithead, and is therefore a shithead.

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:27 PM

4. Oh yes

They brought us this scourge.

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:58 PM

5. They legitimized this evil bastard.

They are the enemy to me, sorry.

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Response to Freedomofspeech (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 04:24 PM

7. They legitimized this evil bastard.

"They are the enemy to me, sorry."

I ONLY feel sorry for those stuck in red states who didn't vote for tRumputin who will have to suffer like the rest of us who also didn't vote for that treasonous, racist, insane. installed lard ass.

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Response to LenaBaby61 (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 11:45 PM

8. Well, I am stuck in Southwestern, PA

Trump signs and flags still everywhere in front of their trailers and gawd awful houses.

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Response to Freedomofspeech (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 12:37 AM

9. Freedomofspeech ....

"Well, I am stuck in Southwestern, PA"

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Response to LenaBaby61 (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 09:28 AM

11. It's just awful....

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 12:42 AM

10. They have sided with those who imperil this country

Fuck 'em.

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 10:50 AM

12. Yes,they are..

they are still going along with this shit knowing all that they know..

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Response to xocet (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 11:03 AM

13. They put a proven crazy asshole in the White House.

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