I am far from a supporter of Trump, and don’t disagree that he’d be an awful president on a long-term historical scale. I also reject the bullying tactics, and the condescension they incorporate, that Clinton surrogates like this author employ.
What an irony to write with such smug arrogance about the smug arrogance of those who have always voted their conscience. What hypocrisy to touch on prejudice and stereotyping as bad things and simultaneously use them to erase the reasons why many people who can’t vote Trump also can’t vote Clinton.
The non-white, non-cis, non-heterosexual people I see rejecting Clinton aren’t doing so because she’s a woman. They fear her presidency as much as Trump’s, based on her actual past actions. These are not right-wingers who have been lapping up GOP propaganda against Clinton. They’re not Bernie Bros. In fact very few of them are Bros of any kind at all. Their math is basically that once you’re below a certain point on society’s ladder, Clinton and Trump are the same thing; they are the weight of the people with the most power, crushing those with the least. Clinton’s bar for who gets crushed is lower, certainly. But when one is below it, telling them the world will be awful if Clinton loses is a farce; their world will be awful either way.
That so many self-described liberals ignore that and erase them shows how far the Democrats have drifted from what they still pitch as core values.
That there is any attempt at all by writers like this author to preemptively place blame for a possible Clinton loss on the backs of the people the DNC has actively disenfranchised is reprehensible. I don’t know that there’s any good way to measure what sort of gains these kinds of editorials are making for Clinton, but I would not be surprised to learn that they produce nearly as many losses, if not more. People do not enjoy being condescended to, especially when that has been so much of their life already, and most especially when it has usually come from or on behalf of wealthy, white, establishment politicians.