Don’t judge Trump supporters; rather, understand them.

Trump supporters are not the monsters we think they are.

There’s a tendency amongst certain liberals to collectively imagine those who voted for Trump as a tribe of slobbering racists wearing grease-stained wife-beaters, hammering on about how whites are the superior race and staggering through the streets at night with their nail-studded clubs.
Guess what? That image is not just misleading, but wrong.
Some of my best friends voted for Trump. There is a reason people voted for him. The middle classes of industrial America were screwed by inhuman neoliberal policies which stripped them of their livelihoods, all because some opulent billionaires knew they could get cheaper labor elsewhere.
This is by no means an apology for Trump: if you’ve paid any attention to his Cabinet picks and current behavior as President-elect, you would know that you should be rightfully alarmed, frightened, infuriated.
Personally, I hate Trump’s guts, and know him for what he is- a slimy, narcissistic billionaire who cares only for himself.
But liberals don’t have any right to flaunt their moral superiority unless they recognize that there is a reason poor white Americans voted for the man. We need to practice our own preaching- to compassionately strive to understand people rather than find flaws by which we can judge them. This logic should apply to impoverished white America, just as much as we apply it to struggling latino immigrants or fearful Syrian refugees; humans are humans, wherever you go.
So if you know someone who supports Trump, don’t excommunicate them from your life because they’re another “deplorable.” Remember where they came from, and kindly explain to them that there is a world of better options than Trump.

Author: jared8796

Jared Olson is a writer, freelance journalist, and former Pulitzer Center grantee with a current focus on the struggle for justice in Central America.

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