By Scott Tibbs, August 16, 2017
Leftist: "Donald Trump's voters are a bunch of ignorant, racist, redneck, white trash, uneducated, xenophobic, trailer trash, whining victims. Now that I have explained this to them, why do Trump voters continue to ignore my wisdom and brilliant analysis?"
Well golly gee goodness guys, do you think maybe that your approach alienates them?
A few weeks ago, I explained how not to convert anti-Trump conservatives. Insulting voters who oppose Trump will not work and will backfire. The same is true, of course, for supporters of Trump. Insulting people and calling them names because they support a candidate and/or elected official you despise will not convince them they are wrong. This applies in spades to Trump voters, who have long felt that the coastal elites and power brokers look down on them with contempt.
That's something folks like Charles M. Blow do not get. Trump voters saw him as their vessel to rebel against the elitists that look down on them, so when a columnist for the New York Times calls Trump voters a bunch of aggrieved whiners, their beliefs about the elite are reinforced. The most effective thing a New York Times opinion writer can do to shore up support for President Trump is to attack his base. As I said on Twitter, this is why you lost the election. This is also why you will lose in 2020.
Do you really not understand how human nature works? Have you never heard the expression that you attract more flies with honey than with vinegar? Yes, there are times when we have to be harsh in our words. But when you repeatedly insult a group of tens of millions of people with broad and sweeping generalizations, you are not going to convert them. Until you understand this, you will never win.