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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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