From The Washington Post: Why Democrats can’t win the ‘respect’ of Trump voters

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Trump faithful flay me as a "liberal elitist" because I'm a retired college history teacher and because my politics lean leftward. My wife of going on 40 years and I have lived for 39 years--and reared our son--in a 1950-vintage two-bedroom, one-bath, single story, wood frame house in the same small town working-class neighborhood where I grew up and where our street still doesn't have curbs and gutters.


In the endless search for the magic key that Democrats can use to unlock the hearts of white people who vote Republican, the hot new candidate is “respect.” If only they cast off their snooty liberal elitism and show respect to people who voted for Donald Trump, Democrats can win them over and take back Congress and the White House.

The assumption is that if Democrats simply choose to deploy this powerful tool of respect, then minds will be changed and votes will follow. This belief, widespread though it may be, is stunningly naive. It ignores decades of history and everything about our current political environment. There’s almost nothing more foolish Democrats could do than follow that advice.

Before we proceed, let me be clear about what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that the desire for respect isn’t real. As a voter says in “The Great Revolt,” a new book by conservative journalist Salena Zito and Republican operative Brad Todd, “One of the things I really don’t get about the Democratic Party or the news media is the lack of respect they give to people who work hard all of their lives to get themselves out of the hole.”

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