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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.


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.


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.




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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