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No, The Democrats Aren’t Giving Up Identity Politics

Thursday, January 12, 2017 21:51
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If you believed that the Democrats were going to change their ways and give up identity politics after narrowly losing one election, you might be a conservative like Erick Erickson:

“Since Election Day, every Trump supporter is a racist. Every person who works for Trump is a racist. Every idea put forward by Trump and his team is racist. People who have never met Jeff Sessions are experts on his racism. Jared Kushner is a racist. Ivanka is a racist. Donald, Jr. and Eric are racists. Mike Pence is a racist. The GOP is racist. …

There is real racism in the world. There is real bigotry. I have real concerns about an emboldened alt-right that thrives in white nationalism and thinks Trump is one of them. But the Democrats’ constant cry against Trump and all his supporters, however, dilutes real racism, makes people tune out real injustice, and normalizes the alt-right as a political player by lumping all comers under the same “racism” label whether or not it is merited.

Disagree with Donald Trump all you want on policy. But labeling Trump and all his supporters as racist because you have policy and political disagreements is the best way to have a large chunk of the nation stop taking you seriously.”

Richard Spencer’s offer to sing kumbaya still stands.

Everything has changed since Trump was elected president. This time it will be different and MLK’s Dream of the colorblind utopia – faith in which is de rigueur in the conservative movement – will finally be achieved. The Democrats have seen learned their lesson, repented and given up the sin of identity politics. We’re going to “Make America Great Again” with civic nationalism.

Note: I hope Jeff Sessions gets confirmed as Attorney General, but sadly it doesn’t look like marching over that bridge in Selma with John Lewis has gotten him anywhere!


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