The ‘former newspaper’ FINALLY figured out the right question to ask… So what’s YOUR answer?
In a NYT piece drawing from a variety of people’s related experiences, here are three of them. Notice the recurring theme:
“We’re backed into a corner,” said Mr. Medford, 46, whose business teaches people to be filmmakers. “There are at least some things about Trump I find to be defensible. But they are saying: ‘Agree with us 100 percent or you are morally bankrupt. You’re an idiot if you support any part of Trump.’ ”
He added: “I didn’t choose a side. They put me on one.”
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. In recent interviews, conservative voters said they felt assaulted by what they said was a kind of moral Bolshevism — the belief that the liberal vision for the country was the only right one. Disagreeing meant being publicly shamed.
…Mr. Youngquist stayed in the closet for months about his support for Mr. Trump. He 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 a vacation in China. Even dating became difficult. Many people on Tinder have a warning on their profile: “Trump supporters swipe left” — meaning, get lost.
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,” Mr. Youngquist said.
…“I don’t have a problem with protesting as long as it’s peaceful, but this is destroying the country,” said Ann O’Connell, 72, a retired administrative assistant in Syracuse who voted for Mr. Trump. “I feel like we are in some kind of civil war right now. I know people don’t like to use those terms. But I think it’s scary.”
Mrs. O’Connell is a registered Democrat. She voted for Bill Clinton twice. But she has drifted away from the party over what she said was a move from its middle-class economic roots toward identity politics. She remembers Mr. Clinton giving a speech about the dangers of illegal immigration. Mr. Trump was lambasted for offering some of the same ideas, she said.
“The Democratic Party has changed so much that I don’t even recognize it anymore,” she said. “These people are destroying our democracy. They are scarier to me than these Islamic terrorists. I feel absolutely disgusted with them and their antics. It strengthens people’s resolve in wanting to support President Trump. It really does.” –Full story: NYT
They’ve finally clued in enough to ask the right question!
We the People have been jackhammered for a long time by the media into a false choice between picking the party they support, or being morally bankrupt.
Many of us have just said ‘screw it’… I guess I’ll just have to get used to being called the ‘bad guy’ then.
And then the ‘basket of deplorables’ comment came along. What a gift! It was so freeing! Did you SEE how quickly people rushed to that label, and ‘owned’ it? The game was over. They lost their power to manipulate in that moment.
If we’re ALL horrible people… maybe it’s THEM that are wrong, and not US!
What has Twitter been saying?
Are Liberals Helping Trump ? Yes
But they can't help it, It's who they are
THEY HAVE NOT CHANGED pic.twitter.com/PPhzBUI7HX
— Catalyst (@QuipMaster) February 19, 2017
— Phil M (@subliminll) February 19, 2017
— Scott Presler VA (@ScottPresler) February 19, 2017
— Cryptoc3ntrus ??? (@cryptoc3ntrus) February 19, 2017
What about you?