Black People Politics : No, I Won’t Empathize With a Trump Supporter Now—Here’s Why

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Some could make the argument that it’s only respectful to have empathy for people on both sides of the political aisle. But it’s important to note that Trump supporters are very different from their 2004 Republican counterparts that gave George W. Bush the election. Trumpism has become a political identity all its own, separate even from default Republicans. After all, there are many Republicans who don’t like or support Trump, and some of his biggest right-wing supporters will tell you that they are less smitten with the overall Republican party then they are with their leader’s demagoguery. If you self-identify as a Trump supporter, a person could only take that to mean that you buy into Trump’s ideology, rather than a specific political party.



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Before any attempt at “unity” can be made, there needs to be a reckoning, an acknowledgment that so many of Trump’s actions have been unconscionable and do not align with societal ideals that claim to value all life. Building bridges with people who share Trump’s views sends a clear message that you are willing to keep the peace at the expense of the dignity and well-being of those with less power and privilege.


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No, I Won’t Empathize With a Trump Supporter NowHere’s Why



Some could make the argument that it’s only respectful to have empathy for people on both sides of the political aisle. But it’s important to note that Trump supporters are very different from their 2004 Republican counterparts that gave George W. Bush the election. Trumpism has become a political identity all its own, separate even from default Republicans. After all, there are many Republicans who don’t like or support Trump, and some of his biggest right-wing supporters will tell you that they are less smitten with the overall Republican party then they are with their leader’s demagoguery. If you self-identify as a Trump supporter, a person could only take that to mean that you buy into Trump’s ideology, rather than a specific political party.



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100% agree. Trumpism is not the same as being a republican. Trumpettes are flea bitten racist savages or they are braindead. Not much you can do about either of those scenarios.
 

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Trump supporters are White and Latino people, but mostly White, who remain aghast that a Black man won the White House and then won re-election.

They still cannot believe it and psychologically want to erase the memory of these historic events. Because Obama's competence, saving the nation from a Depression and his restoring of the country's high standing around the globe, diminishes them. In their heads, Obama is representative and responsible for their smaller role in world affairs.

Who the hell looks to Britain for world leadership? People are looking past the U.S. and east to China as this Asian giant challenges the U.S. Navy for dominance in the Pacific Ocean. Trump made the U.S. a laughingstock. Not only did people in other countries make fun at Trump, so did their world leaders and while he was in the same building.

Obama they respected because they all noticed his calm and resolute demeanor which generated the respect he commanded at meetings with other world leaders. When Japanese students and others wanted to learn how to speak proper English, they watched and listened to videotapes of Obama speaking.

This is one reason why Trump has always had nothing but disdain for President Barack Obama, a man who was gifted with intelligence, a writing and editing ability and of course, unimaginable skill at public speaking.

In order to engage a Trump supporter, you will first have to get past their residual anger and embarrassment of being underfoot to a Black man who shattered 232 years of what they swore was White excellence by beating his first White House opponent by seven percentage points.

They shouldn't be embarrassed at all. Some Black folks still do not get it that when one of us graduates from a university or a college, buys a home, succeeds in business or the sciences, earns millions from their entertainment talents or continues our race's physical domination of pro sports - they view all of this as a defeat for themselves.
 
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