Critics of Donald Trump are continuing to wage an ineffective dialogue against him.
During the campaign, accusations of racism and misogyny accomplished little, as the overwhelming majority those who were considering voting for Trump were not motivated by either.
Now that Trump has been elected, accusing his supporters of voting for him for reasons other than they actually did accomplishes nothing at all
Black leaders are berating White America for Trump, when the actual authors of Trump’s victory are all who assisted in handing Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination.
It was clear before the Democratic convention that Bernie Sanders was the much stronger candidate against Trump, and there is little doubt that Sanders would have trounced The Donald. Nor is there much doubt that the Democrats would have retaken the Senate from the Republicans.
The neoliberal echo chamber is reverberating with absurd cries of 30s fascism, xenophobia, and bigotry, all largely based on far right white nationalists and klansmen having supported Trump. That those same racists have supported every Republican presidential candidate since Eisenhower is conveniently ignored.
One must question such a strategy. What possible benefit could accrue? How could neoliberals talking to each other impact Trump?
Democratic voters turned out in lower numbers for Hillary than they did for Barack Obama, with the fallout by black voters substantially lower. Is the current narrative an attempt to lay a guilt trip on blacks who stayed home? If so, it is not well articulated, and is unlikely to drive up voter turnout in 2018.
Is the narrative designed to deflect attention from the great failings of the media, pundits, and the Democratic leadership? That certainly makes more sense than to expect Trump voters to recant their support or to expect Trump to rollover on positions which got him elected.
Trump and the Republicans are dangerous, to be sure. But the danger is hardly that which the neoliberals are warning us is imminent. Trump will not morph into Hitler, nor will decades of social progress be reversed.
The danger is that outrageous assaults on the environment and social programs will occur.
Trump and the Republicans should be confronted and engaged on those threats, not on fantasies that play well in the neoliberal echo chamber.
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