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Do liberals need to reach out to Trump voters?

In the wake of the most shocking election upset in American history, the left remains embroiled in a vicious postmortem, fighting about why Trump won, what the Democrats did wrong, and how they must change to win in the future. Bernie Sanders and others argue Donald Trump won because Democrats are out of touch with the plight of the white working class. But others say Trump voters were motivated by racism, misogyny, and xenophobia—there's no point trying to reach out to them. What do you think?

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Throughout the campaign, Bernie Sanders argued the Democrats were in bed with Wall Street and corporate interests, and had lost the trust of working-class people. After Clinton lost, he said Democrats needed to "go beyond identity politics."

This is where there is going to be a division within the Democratic Party. It is not good enough for somebody to say, I’m a woman, vote for me! No that’s not good enough. What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry. 
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 NPR noted that white working-class voters saw Donald Trump as their champion:

Donald Trump broke all the old rules of presidential politics and made an almost clean sweep of the American Rust Belt, states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where manufacturing plants have been shuttered and white working-class voters have been left feeling disconnected from the global economy.
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But at the New Statesman, Maya Goodfellow says Trump's victory was more about racism than economics. She points out what many have also noted—the Latino and Black working-class suffer more economically than their white counterparts, and they largely voted for Clinton.

Despite having run on anti-migrant, anti-Muslim and anti-women platform, his victory is already being chalked up to working-class economic disenfranchisement. This doesn’t make sense on two counts. Firstly it ignores working-class people of colour, who largely rejected Trump. Economic anxiety is not the exclusive redoubt of the white working class - African Americans and Hispanic Americans experience the highest rates of poverty in the US.
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But Sanders and others say calling Trump voters bigots is just the Democrats making excuses for their failure to win white working-class voters over.

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Marcus Johnson has argued consistently against the "economic anxiety" trope, and counters the Democrats should not ignore their coalition of women and people of color in order to win over unwinnable white working-class voters.

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Many people are actually insulted at the idea that the left now must reach out to people whose ideas they find repugnant.

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Frank Rich is totally over the think pieces about why liberals need to empathize more with the white working class, and says Democrats will betray fundamental principles of justice and equality if they bend over backwards to appeal to Trump voters:

It's one thing for the Democratic Party to drain its own swamp of special interests and another for it to waste time and energy chasing unreachable voters in the base of Trump’s electorate.
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At the National Review, Kevin D. Williamson calls the idea that members of the white working class are somehow victims "immoral."

It is immoral because it perpetuates a lie: that the white working class that finds itself attracted to Trump has been victimized by outside forces. It hasn’t....The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin.
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But Michael Moore, who argued for months that Trump was poised to win the Rust Belt, says Clinton's loss was about economics, not race, and believes calling all Trump voters racist unfairly maligns them.

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Still—there was some scary shit shouted at those rallies. 

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But when even Joe Biden says Democrats have lost touch with the working-class... it may be time for liberals to look in the mirror.

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Bernie Sanders made big headlines this week when he defended Trump voters against the charge that they were motivated by bigotry, and placed blame on the Democratic Party's disconnection for their loss:

"Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don't agree, because I've been there. Let me tell you something else some of you might not agree with, it wasn't that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic Party lost the election."
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A lot of liberals are over the blame game. They say this defeat wasn't about Sanders or Trump—it was Clinton and the Democratic policies that have left working-class people in the dust.

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Do liberals need to reach out to Trump voters?
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A festive crown for the winner
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