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She did it again… and again

If we lose in November, we have people like Digby to thank.

Two times today, she posted about what she imagines to be the typical Trump voter. Naturally, racism played heavily into this image. I’m not linking to them. To be fair, she’s not the only one who does this. Paul Krugman and many, many others do it too.

I’m not going to deny that there are certain Trump supporters who are definitely racists. But she is completely missing the point. Or is she reinforcing it?

Whatever it is she and other lefties think they’re doing, I would advise them to STOP. DOING. IT.

I will spell it out: There are many people on the left and right who are very unhappy with the way government has been run since the financial crisis hit in 2008. But as soon as they open their mouths to lodge a protest or complaint, the left rolls out this meme that they MUST be racists.

That makes people who are already angry even angrier. Because what if their complaints are legitimate? You are giving them no where to complain and making them feel like they can’t get their point across.

That’s why they are turning to people like Trump. He’s promising to not shush them up. He’s going to give them a voice. And the thing that Fox News has been pounding into its viewers’ heads is that political correctness is wrong. That doesn’t mean racism isn’t wrong. What is wrong is for one group of people to use race as a tool to stifle dissenting voices.

I don’t happen to agree with Fox News that it’s Ok to be a racist ignoramus but it is certainly more than ok to make your grievances known without having to feel like you’ve become an instant bigot overnight when you celebrated the Civil Rights movement in your youth.

This is what the talking points arm of the Democratic party has been doing. They are turning a lot of people into instant bigots. It’s guilt by association. It’s not going to work. In fact, it is going to make the typical Trump supporter even more determined to shove it up your ass. Not all of Trump’s supporters are going to the rallies for the policies. They’re going for the empowerment. They’re going because it confounds and pisses off liberals. The more you lose your shit over them going and pointing out the racism, the more pumped they get about their candidate because the goal is to make you angry and it is working.

No, it is not rational, but it is very human.

Now, there are a lot more women in this country than there are african americans or hispanic people or any other group you can name. Women are NOT a minority and they shouldn’t be a “special interest” group. They are the majority of citizens in this country and the fact that so many of us are underpaid compared to men and that our issues and concerns are so downplayed on Op/Ed pages and in Congress should be a cause for general alarm. Because when the majority of people in our country are treated like second class citizens, that means it holds down all of the people who are dependent on them. Sexism is definitely a huge problem. But if the left keeps accusing everyone on the other side of the aisle as racists, then that means that they in turn will accuse everyone on our side of using a <fill in the blank> card whenever we want to shut down debate.

It will backfire on Hillary Clinton.

The typical Trump supporter is not as insecure as the typical lefty about being called names. We’ve been calling them stupid, uneducated, low-information, hicks and bigots for a long time. And some of that is definitely true. But they have Fox in their corner where typical Clintonistas have, well, absolutely nobody in the media. It’s a very lopsided situation. If you go after the typical Trump guy, he won’t give a shit. His cheering section will just keep going.

On the other hand, if even one little thing Trump says has even a tenth of a nanoparticle of credibility with respect to Hillary and her supporters, the New York Times is going to be all over it. She has no cheering section. That is no exaggeration. We’re it. Well, us, a few other blogs and some very determined people on Twitter.

Ok, nevermind. Just do it your way. The jini’s already out of the bottle. Keep it up. Force them to turn the card business around on us.

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

 

7 Responses

  1. Peter Daou said Hillary is going to have to fight the GOP and fight Trump in the general election. Trump largely is a bigot however I think letting him talk and talk and is much better than calling him names. He scares a lot of people in this country. So far Hillary has been handling it well by making fun of Trump. The good news as far as women go Trump seems to be horrifying even Republican women.

    • That should be fight the press and fight Trump not Trump and the GOP.

    • I wouldn’t take anything for granted. They’ve already inflicted a lot of damage on her reputation. In some respects, this might be harder than 2008. She’s going to have to be extremely inventive and clever to beat them.
      Because the assholes in the media can’t wait to see her fall again. They really are sick bastards

  2. That doesn’t mean racism is wrong

    I feel sure it was an accident, but you left out the “not”. 😮

  3. Since I’m one of those dumb hicks the purity police are always going on about, I can assure the Universe that We Are Tired Of It. We’re not all uneducated, having been to school and still having teeth and all. Apparently, if you think through a particular problem and arrive at a different conclusion than the Bernout Brigade et. al., your geographic location determines your status as either mistaken or a racist, homophobic, Bible thumping, mouth breathing, inbred loser of the Civil War. SOS Clinton receives a strong reception in much of Appalachia because we like strong women, and appreciate individuality and accomplishment. Most of my peers shrug the insulting behavior off and say “I’ll vote for anybody they tell me not to vote for.” I get pissed and yell back then vote for the person who is most likely going to help my planet, my country, my people, and myself, and in this case, just like 08, there is no better choice than Hillary Clinton.

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