For the record, I grew up in a small, conservative town and many of my relatives, regrettably, voted for Trump.
I'm what some on the right might stereotype as a "liberal coastal elite" (live in a coastal metropolis, have graduate degree, have worked in media, appreciate science and good grammar).
Since the election,
I've seen a subset of liberals - many of my friends included - go on to denounce all Trump supporters as (insert pejorative here) who should not be engaged with on any level because "you
can't reason with stupid" (I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the gist).
This same group often mocks things like blue collar jobs, "flyover states," agricultural work, and those without college degrees.
To me, this perspective feeds the narrative promulgated by "the political right" (RNC, Fox News, etc.
) of the Democratic Party/liberals being out of touch/elitist/unable to help the "common man.
" In my mind, it is crucial that we engage with Trump voters in a way that 1) makes them feel heard, and 2) addresses issues important to them.
Mocking, ignoring, or calling Trump supporters names is counterproductive to the goal of electing progressives/liberals/dems into office. CMV.
edit / point of clarification: many seem to take my argument to mean "the only way for democrats to win elections is to flip Trump voters" because I say it is "crucial" that we engage them.
I concede that this wording supports this conclusion, but what I mean to say is that it is simply *very important* that we engage with Trump supporters.
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