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Are Liberals Helping Trump?


Jef­frey Med­ford, a small-​business owner in South Car­olina, voted reluc­tantly for Don­ald Trump.

Med­ford should be a nat­ural ally for lib­er­als try­ing to con­vince the coun­try that Trump was a bad choice. But it is not work­ing out that way. Every time Med­ford dips into the polit­i­cal debate — either with strangers on Face­book or friends in New York and Los Ange­les — he comes away feel­ing bat­tered by con­tempt and an atti­tude of moral superiority.

We’re backed into a cor­ner,” said Med­ford, 46, whose busi­ness teaches peo­ple to be film­mak­ers. “You’re an idiot if you sup­port any part of Trump.’”

The story above appeared in The New York Times. Like a bro­ken clock, the “news­pa­per of record” can be right twice a day. Well, twice a day may be a bit over the top.

But here is some more of the article:

Lib­er­als may feel ener­gized by a surge in polit­i­cal activism, and a uni­fied stance against a pres­i­dent they see as irre­spon­si­ble and even dan­ger­ous. But that momen­tum is pro­vok­ing an equal and oppo­site reac­tion on the right.

The name call­ing from the left is crazy,” said Bryce Youngquist, 34, who works in sales for a tech start-​up in Moun­tain View, Calif., a lib­eral enclave where admit­ting you voted for Trump. “They are com­plain­ing that Trump calls peo­ple names, but they turned into some mean people.”

Youngquist did not put a bumper sticker on his car, for fear it would be keyed. The only place he felt com­fort­able wear­ing his Make Amer­ica Great Again hat was on vaca­tion in China.

He came out a few days before the elec­tion. On elec­tion night, a friend posted on Face­book, “You are a dis­gust­ing human being.”

They were mak­ing me want to sup­port him more with how irra­tional they were being,” Youngquist said.

Like many Trump sup­port­ers, I have been shamed by some of the same peo­ple who dis­play yard signs that say: “Hate Has No Home Here.”

In acad­e­mia, I have to sit through meet­ings, which have noth­ing to do with pol­i­tics, that include numer­ous jabs at Trump sup­port­ers. I have come up with a few responses to Trump bashers:

–State­ment: Hillary won the pop­u­lar vote!
–My response: Then start a move­ment to amend the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion to elim­i­nate the Elec­toral Col­lege.
–State­ment: The right wing is tak­ing over!
–My response: It’s not about right or left; it’s about failed poli­cies.
–State­ment: It’s Bush’s fault!
–My response: He left office almost a decade ago. Move on!
–State­ment: Trump sup­port­ers are stu­pid racists!
–My response: Trump beat Clin­ton in these demo­graph­ics: white, college-​educated and 65 and over. That’s me! Do you really think I’m a stu­pid racist?

Nev­er­the­less, I would like to thank lib­er­als and left­ists for push­ing peo­ple firmly into the Trump camp!

Here is the com­plete story in The New York Times: https://​www​.nytimes​.com/​2017​/​02​/​18​/​o​p​i​n​i​o​n​/​s​u​n​d​a​y​/​a​r​e​-​l​i​b​e​r​a​l​s​-​h​e​l​p​i​n​g​-​t​r​u​m​p​.html


Christo­pher Harper teaches media law.


Jeffrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina, voted reluctantly for Donald Trump.

Medford should be a natural ally for liberals trying to convince the country that Trump was a bad choice. But it is not working out that way. Every time Medford dips into the political debate — either with strangers on Facebook or friends in New York and Los Angeles — he comes away feeling battered by contempt and an attitude of moral superiority.

“We’re backed into a corner,” said Medford, 46, whose business teaches people to be filmmakers. “You’re an idiot if you support any part of Trump.’”

The story above appeared in The New York Times. Like a broken clock, the “newspaper of record” can be right twice a day. Well, twice a day may be a bit over the top.

But here is some more of the article:

Liberals may feel energized by a surge in political activism, and a unified stance against a president they see as irresponsible and even dangerous. But that momentum is provoking an equal and opposite reaction on the right.

“The name calling from the left is crazy,” said Bryce Youngquist, 34, who works in sales for a tech start-up in Mountain View, Calif., a liberal enclave where admitting you voted for Trump. “They are complaining that Trump calls people names, but they turned into some mean people.”

Youngquist did not put a bumper sticker on his car, for fear it would be keyed. The only place he felt comfortable wearing his Make America Great Again hat was on vacation in China.

He came out a few days before the election. On election night, a friend posted on Facebook, “You are a disgusting human being.”

“They were making me want to support him more with how irrational they were being,” Youngquist said.

Like many Trump supporters, I have been shamed by some of the same people who display yard signs that say: “Hate Has No Home Here.”

In academia, I have to sit through meetings, which have nothing to do with politics, that include numerous jabs at Trump supporters. I have come up with a few responses to Trump bashers:

–Statement: Hillary won the popular vote!
–My response: Then start a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College.
–Statement: The right wing is taking over!
–My response: It’s not about right or left; it’s about failed policies.
–Statement: It’s Bush’s fault!
–My response: He left office almost a decade ago. Move on!
–Statement: Trump supporters are stupid racists!
–My response: Trump beat Clinton in these demographics: white, college-educated and 65 and over. That’s me! Do you really think I’m a stupid racist?

Nevertheless, I would like to thank liberals and leftists for pushing people firmly into the Trump camp!

Here is the complete story in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/opinion/sunday/are-liberals-helping-trump.html


Christopher Harper teaches media law.