“Why don’t liberals understand that no matter how hard they try, they won’t convert Trump supporters into democrats?”
I don’t really consider myself a liberal or a Democrat, but as I’m 100% certain that any Trump supporter would call me one (I’m politically to the left of Sean Hannity), I feel ok answering this.
I don’t have any desire to convert Trump supporters to Democrats. Not any.
I do have a desire to convince US citizens who vote Republican that their (and their elected officials’, media outlets’, etc) understanding of liberal/Democrat positions on things are often misinformed, under informed, or sometimes just straight up inaccurate — and to be sure, this happens in the opposite direction as well, that that wasn’t the question. I think that healthy debate is typically good, and disagreement is typically good, but both of those are predicated on an accurate understanding of the positions of the other person/party/etc. So I’ll try to “convert” these individuals into a mindset in which they at least properly understand what it is they’re debating against. That isn’t the same thing as converting them to Democrats, but I suppose it might have a tiny bit of functional overlap at times, depending upon the conversations go.
But, Trump supporters are a different breed. Trump supporters cannot be reasoned with. If Trump tweets tomorrow “The sky is actually green, and the lying Dems won’t admit it because they hate the troops — sad!”, Fox & Friends in the AM and Hannity in the PM will bring on ‘experts’ explaining why the sky could accurately be called green, and so therefore the Democrats are all liars and hate the troops.
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For a Trump supporter, that’s a triple stamp of authenticity from three implicitly trustworthy sources. There’s no need to consider any possible alternatives or any other information to the contrary, and anyone who suggests those things must just be biased against Trump and so anything they say can be dismissed out of hand. Right?
There’s no point in engaging people who are like this. They will never, ever change their views. If anything, they will become further entrenched. And even if not all Trump supporters are like this on every one of his statements, they all are at some point and are willing to be quietly complicit on the other ones (saying “I wish he didn’t tweet so much, but oh well” is not even in the ballpark of speaking out).
The most accurate statement that I’ve heard Trump make (ever?) was during the campaign when he said he could shoot someone in the middle of Manhattan in broad daylight and he wouldn’t lose a single supporter. Maybe he was boasting, but he was dead on the money about that. There comes a point when, once a person is willing to believe (or at least tolerate) a giant swarm of absolute, provably-wrong BS, they’re never going to come back. Perhaps that’s pride, perhaps that’s stubbornness….who cares?
I don’t know if all “liberals” understand this, as the question asks, but I think most do.
“A better question should really be: why don’t conservatives try to convert Trump supporters into Republicans?”
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