Recently I wrote a post about what it is like as a conservative to be consistently called sexist and racist because we disagree with liberals on policy ideas. Although I explicitly stated multiple times that it was not the point of the post, I can see how it could be taken as little more than complaints that someone hurt our feelings. But it is about so much more than that. Liberals who engage in this type of indiscriminate character assassination were instrumental in electing President Trump.
As a politically engaged conservative, it is nearly impossible to go long stretches of time without someone impugning my motives. I am regularly accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, and a myriad of other bigotries for disagreeing with liberals on which policies are best or who should implement them. I do not write this to engender pity, but because despite this attitude being pervasive throughout American society, I don’t think many on the left understand that it is happening.
On January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. On January 21, the nation’s capital will witness what organizers hope will be a massive protest against the new president, known as the Women’s March on Washington. However, there is a small group of people working to undermine the protest by discouraging women from joining the march. That group is made up entirely of the organizers of the march.
I have not exactly been reserved in my opposition to Trump. From the moment he entered the election, I was concerned he would corrupt the Republican Party and that people would confuse his positions with my conservatism. And, to be clear, I did not vote for Trump and am still no fan of his now that he will be president, so this is not personal for me.
But all of that aside, the campaign quickly devolved into personal partisan insults amongst and against the candidates’ supporters, a trend that only accelerated after Trump won the election. Is this a problem on both sides? Sure. But it is much, much more pronounced on the cultural left.
Trump voters have been repeatedly slandered after the election. I touched on this a bit in an earlier post, but did not do the issue justice. There have been an astonishing number of liberals who have claimed that all 63 million Trump voters, people they have never met, are racist, sexists, or espouse various other types of bigotry. It takes an incredible lack of self-awareness to claim a whole category of people you don’t know share a set of negative attributes, and condemn them for bigotry.
Faced with a surprising electoral defeat on November 8, many Democrats seem determined not to learn any lessons. They deny that Hillary lost because Obama tried to take the country too far to the left, or because Hillary was a deeply flawed candidate who could not connect to the average American or explain why she wanted to be president, or because people grew fed up with being told any political disagreement was a hate crime. Instead, many Democrats have come up with two explanations for their defeat.