It seems that the left-wing Slate is now doing its part to foment violence against those who voted for President-elect Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Jamelle Bouie, Slate’s chief political correspondent, wrote a screed declaring that there is no such thing as a “good” Trump voter, and therefore deserve no respect or consideration.
Donald Trump ran a campaign of racist demagoguery against Muslim Americans, Hispanic immigrants, and black protesters. He indulged the worst instincts of the American psyche and winked to the stream of white nationalists and anti-Semites who backed his bid for the White House. Millions of Americans voted for this campaign, thus elevating white nationalism and white reaction to the Oval Office.
Understandably, critics of Trump have used this to condemn Trump voters, tying them to the likely consequences of their vote, blaming them for foisting Donald Trump on the country and the world. To this, there’s been a pushback. “[P]lease understand what is happening here,” writes Michael Lerner in the New York Times in a column titled “Stop Shaming Trump Supporters.” “Many Trump supporters very legitimately feel that it is they who have been facing an unfair reality.” He continues: “The left needs to stop ignoring people’s inner pain and fear. The racism, sexism and xenophobia used by Mr. Trump to advance his candidacy does not reveal an inherent malice in the majority of Americans.”
On Twitter, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post gave his version of this argument. “The assumption that ‘Trump voter = racist’ is deeply corrosive to democracy. Also wrong,” he said, adding that there “is nothing more maddening—and counterproductive—to me than saying that Trump’s 59 million votes were all racist. Ridiculous.”
He also claimed that there have been “more than 300 incidents of harassment or intimidation have been reported in the aftermath of Trump’s election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
Keep in mind that’s the same Southern Poverty Law Center that declares conservatives “hate groups” for supporting traditional marriage and opposing radical Islamic terrorism.
He wasn’t finished: “To treat Trump voters as presumptively innocent—even as they hand power to a demagogic movement of ignorance and racism—is to clear them of moral responsibility for whatever happens next, even if it’s violence against communities of color. Even if, despite the patina of law, it is essentially criminal. It is to absolve Trump’s supporters of any blame or any fault. Yes, they put a white nationalist in power. But the consequences? Well, it’s not what they wanted.”
Is Bouie essentially saying that Trump voters — a large number of which probably voted for Obama twice — deserve the violence that is now being visited on them by unhinged leftists?
It sure seems that way, given that he turned a blind eye to that violence taking place by astroturf rioters across the nation.
“Racist is what a liberal sputters after being beaten by logic and facts,” one reader wrote. “President Trump. We won. Grow up.”
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