Democrat tribalism behind their Trump hatred
This one is in post-9/11 cadence: why do liberals hate Trump so much?Democrats are going to have a long time in the wilderness if they do not get over their hate for the "other" and start doing things to make people want to vote for them again. Instead, they don't just hate Trump but also hate anyone who voted for him. Hos is that going to persuade voters they lost to come back to them?
It's his style.
This being about politics, one would think -- would hope -- that the president's atrocious Watergate-level poll numbers were the result of his self-evident idiocy, Muslim-bashing, far-right cabinet and court picks and his policies. Rancid as they are, Trump's politics don't seem to be the main reason he riles up so many Democrats.
You pick the Trump outrage that's got liberals in a tizzy and I'll point to an equal and not-so-opposite they had no problem with when it was authored by a Democrat.
Trump's first major policy decision was his ban on travel to the U.S. by the citizens of seven (later revised to six) Muslim countries. Thousands of protesters converged on JFK and other airports. Federal judges across the nation issued emergency stays. Subjecting people to a religious test? Such evil nativism could not stand! Right-wing media pointed out/claimed/stretched that President Obama -- who, save for the short-lived Occupy Wall Street protests, suffered few complaints from America's impotent Left -- had slowed immigration by Iraqis to the U.S. for six months.
False equivalence? Perhaps. But it was hard to avoid the stink of progressive hypocrisy when Trump authorized his Department of Homeland Security to deport non-citizens, including green card holders, whom the authorities even suspect of an offense -- which could be as trivial as a traffic ticket. Millions of law-abiding Americans -- if you're born in Mexico and came here at age four and never lived outside of America what else are you but American? -- were in Trump's crosshairs. It was racist and nativist and disgusting and why the hell didn't Democrats take to the streets to call Obama racist and nativist and disgusting when he deported more undocumented workers than any other president in history?
Democrats aren't a party. They're a team.
Not convinced? Consider the Did Russia Install Trump hysteria.
There is, after thousands of articles and scores of hours of Congressional testimony, still not a smidgen of evidence (much less proof) that Russia influenced the election. Yet here you have Democrats -- the gang that's supposed to be into the Truth about climate change and science and all -- calling for impeachment. Why this bizarre conspiracy theory? Why not simply impeach him for being stupid? But I digress.
Russia-bashing completely without cause, older readers will recall, is the traditional go-to of the right-wing. What are fine Rachel Maddow-watchers like you doing in an ugly hidey-hole like this?