How can you win a national election if you openly declare a huge chunk of the voters to be evil and irredeemable? Democrats are determined to solve this riddle. They seem to prefer a self-administered shot to the foot as long as it comes with a stroke to their moral purity over a serious attempt to reach out to people not fully aligned with their views in order to win a political campaign.
Shortly after the debacle that was Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential race, there was a brief time when leftist establishment media figures and Democratic advisers indulged in mea culpas, swearing that the party would not overlook the white working class “the next time.” Such voice-of-reason sentiments were doomed to be short-lived. The beating heart of the progressive party base guaranteed that serious strategic analysis would give way to the twin demons of emotion and social justice pandering that rule the roost in the Dem ranks today.
And so now we witness a political climate in which Dems and progressive media talking heads not only write off any outreach to Trump voters but also openly condemn them as knuckle-dragging bigots whose thoughts and concerns must be obliterated from public discourse.
Who Needs Their Vote Anyway?
David Atkins is a regional director for the California Democratic Party. Safely ensconced in his blue coastal bubble, he sees no reason even to be polite to those pesky flyover state voters who refuse to see things his way:
You know who is not grateful enough? Rural white Americans.
They are heavily subsidized, drowning in federal largesse, blessed with political affirmative action & overrepresentation, have all their bills paid by cities and blue states, but they whine and yell constantly.
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) July 19, 2019
As if that condescending drivel were not enough, Atkins also used his account to highlight a bile-filled tirade by a professional “anti-Nazi” fighter who compared Trump voters to David Duke supporters. “Their support for Trump was never about policy,” Tim Wise wrote in his 34-point social media manifesto. “It was about the bigotry, the fact that he hates who they hate.”
This social justice looney advises Dems to completely write off the 62 million-plus Americans who voted for Trump in 2016. “Duke retained 94% of the folks he got the first time out (and got new people too), as Trump likely will. So forget these people – or at least don’t wast[e] time tailoring messages to them.”
A Democratic official actually saw fit to amplify this message. Whatever one may think about President Trump and his supporters, this “screw the bastards” approach toward the people who gave Trump 304 Electoral College votes in ’16 is a surefire way to ensure another tear-stained Election Night in 2020.
One of the most infamous meltdowns of that November evening three years ago involved Cenk Uygur, host of the progressive online program The Young Turks. Gleaning no lessons from his foul-mouthed despair, Uygur still sees locking up San Francisco and Manhattan as the path to Democrat victory next year. “When people say Trump is a racist/bigot, they should realize that’s why he got selected by @GOP voters. One party is for justice, other is definitely not,” Uygur tweeted after the “send her back” mini-drama in mid-July.
Maniacs on Your Cable TV
Not to be outdone, MSNBC featured a triple play of Trump voter hatred that is bound to bolster the president’s base of support. “I think that this is something that his supporters — and we have to start calling his supporters racists as well,” host Joy Reid angrily decreed on her program. “That MAGA hat — that MAGA symbol has come to represent something. It is the new Nazi symbol — it is the new hood, the Klan hood.”
Guest Dean Obeidallah, billed as some sort of comedian, took Reid’s sentiments even further, stating that the word “Trump” itself is becoming a “modern-day swastika.”
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell had a pithy tweet to offer after the “send her back” kerfuffle: “Wow! Trump is really misjudging his voters. They can’t possibly be as racist as he is. Right?” So funny.
But it was a third host, Chris Hayes, who took the prize for Clearest Departure From Sanity. Hayes basically declared a holy war against Trump voters. Declaring the Trump base to be personified by “roiling rage,” he piously intoned that “[i]t must be peacefully, nonviolently, politically destroyed with love, compassion, and determination, but utterly confronted and destroyed. That is the only way to break the coalition apart.”
The Progressive Crusade must be ruthless, Pope Urbanite asserted. Small measures will not do. Victory will be accomplished, he pontificated,”[n]ot by prying off this or that interest. They are in too deep. They have shamed themselves too much. The heart of the thing must be ripped out. The darkness must be banished. The people who feel moral revulsion at that display we saw last night must collectively mobilize in greater numbers than the chanters.”
This will undoubtedly come to pass in blue shoeboxes, such as Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, California, Oregon, and a few more coastal strongholds, where voters will flock to the polls to voice their outrage. As for those tens of millions of rural racists who selfishly care only about petty things like jobs, the economy, the health of their communities, and the integrity of their nation’s borders, well, who needs them anyway? A triangulating Bill Clinton could tell Democrats how this is all going to end, but alas he has other worries on his mind at the moment.