You’re not a liberal—you’re an extremist wearing trendy causes
Timi Olotu

I think the response has to be a bit more nuanced than that.

The thing you don’t want to bring up is that these abhorrent views were not a sideshow to a main act of economic growth and development, the vast majority of the campaign was based on downgrading and blaming groups of people for the loss of “greatness”. What that means is that while not all Tumpers specifically voted for bigotry, the fact that it wasn’t a deal breaker needs to be taken seriously and dealt with seriously. I’m not necessarily saying “scream at them,” but there’s not much middle between “Muslims are humans and have human rights “ and “Muslims are a dangerous enemy that we can’t afford to give full rights to”. For that matter, there’s not much middle ground between “full rights for trams” and bathroom bills.

If Trump had run on other abhorrent ideas (like animal abuse), I don’t see him getting a vote, not even in the primary. Had he run on lots of other terrible ideas, again, I don’t see him winning. Even taking the abhorrent stuff away, he didn’t have any other plan. His plan for Isis was “I’m not telling you my plan, but I’m smarter than the generals”. His plan for bringing back the jobs was “I’m a good negotiatior “

These sorts of things should not be ignored, especially since they’re going to have policy effects now. I don’t think it’s fair to those who might get hurt to say “sucks to be you, but I don’t want to be an extremist “. I also don’t want to be mean or to restrict speech.

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