The Polarizing Rhetoric of the Left is Scary
Emma Lindsay

I get your concern Emma. There’s a lot of irrational thinking and behavior out there right now. We’ve watched it build for the last 18 months or so. Fear and hate is boiling on both sides of the spectrum and in many places in between.

One thing I want to correct in your argument, though, is important. Half the country did not vote for Trump. Not even close. Only about 60% of the eligible voters even voted. And remember that 8% of the population is not eligible to vote.

By my count, Hillary got 28% of the vote, Donald got 27%; about 4% went to independents, and roughly 40% of the country won the election in a landslide by staying home. I’m not trying to delegitimize Trump (or Clinton) but it seems important to me that we all remember that this election, like most elections we’ve had, is not representative of the people. A minority of the country has won again. We get so worked up about lies and myths and manipulation of the truth and yet, in the end, we’re all willing to ignore this first lie we tell ourselves: “The people have spoken.”