Do liberals need to reach out to Trump voters?
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Do liberals need to reach out to Trump voters?

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The left is still fighting about how and why Donald Trump won, what the Democrats did wrong in 2016 and what they need to do to win in 2018. Bernie Sanders and others argue Trump won because Democrats are out of touch with the plight of the white working class, and say Democrats must win back the voters they lost to Trump's populist message. But others say Trump voters were motivated by racism, misogyny and xenophobia, and reaching out to bigots is futile. What do you think?

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#DemsOutOfTouch
55.4%
#ScrewTrumpVoters
44.6%

Numerous studies since the 2016 election have found factors like "cultural anxiety" and "threats to group status"—terms that some argue are just more palatable terms for racism and misogyny—were the determining components that tipped many voters towards Trump. How are you supposed to build a multicultural coalition with voters who, consciously or subconsciously, think white men are the real victims of discrimination in America? Many liberals say you can't work with this mentality: you just have to outvote it.

Trump support was linked to a belief that high-status groups, such as whites, Christians or men, faced more discrimination than low-status groups, like minorities, Muslims or women.

Like many Democrats, Leonard Pitts is tired of the media's endless fetishization of the rural white Trump voter. He argues people who want to ban Muslims, build walls, destroy the social safety net, ignore science and weaken essential American institutions such as the free press are never going to be on the liberal team. On a very basic level, they don't believe in multicultural democracy.

So no, they don’t really need to be understood.
What they need to be is defeated.

Bernie Sanders and many of the progressives who support him argue that 2016 should've been an easy win for the Democrats. When your candidate loses it to a reality TV star, you can't just point your finger at the voters and call them racist misogynists: that's a copout. Trump spoke to the concerns of America's white working-class in ways that Hillary and the Democrats never did, and the left paid the price for their mistakes.

Bernie Sanders thinks he has a pretty good idea why Hillary Clinton and Democrats lost in the 2016 election.
"Look, you can't simply go around to wealthy people's homes raising money and expect to win elections," the Vermont senator, who gave Clinton a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination, told NPR's David Greene in an interview airing on Morning Edition. "You've got to go out and mix it up and be with ordinary people."

Ronald Klain argues that just thinking in terms of presidential elections is shortsighted. To actually enact policy requires a broad swath of support that includes white working-class voters. Democrats cannot and should not label them as hopelessly retrograde and abandon them.

From a policy perspective, if Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama could build inclusive coalitions to advance progressive aims, than surely future Democratic leaders can, too.
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