It’s been more than six months since Donald Trump officially became the president of the USA and liberals are still screaming ‘racist’ in every direction.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t like President Trump and I support The Labour Party.
However, this has to stop at some point and the sooner it does, the better.
Throughout Trump’s entire election campaign, he was bombarded with names like ‘racist’, ‘homophobe’, ‘misogynist’ and ‘bigot’, as people rushed to come up with new, more inventive ways of making sure everyone knew they didn’t like him.
The problem with that strategy is that it simply doesn’t work.
Labelling people does nothing but incite anger. If you call someone a racist for supporting Trump, guess what they’re going to do with their ballot paper.
It amazes me how only after the election did anyone actually listen to why those people supported Trump (apart from a fantastic article by Thomas Frank on The Guardian).
A simple search on Twitter brings up a huge group of people who voted for Trump and similar reasoning starts to emerge.
“I voted Trump because he wasn’t a politician,” wrote one user.
“I voted Trump because I trust him more then [sic] I trust any politicians I have heard in 25 years,” said another.
There is a serious mistrust when it comes to politics and that’s something we can all agree on, regardless of views.
People are tired of arrogant politicians treating them as if they don’t know anything.
Whether you like him or not, Trump presented a chance for the people to upturn the system and have a feeling of control for once.
His slogan about making America great again was genuine and it felt like he truly did believe what he was saying, as opposed to the robotic drone of Theresa May and her strong, stable Britain.
Speaking of Britain, the name-calling strategy was used in the Brexit vote and it resulted in roughly the same outcome.
You simply cannot just take someone you disagree with, brand them with an undesirable title and then tell yourself you’ve made any positive impact at all.
Talk to people. It’s the only way anything positive ever gets achieved. Ask them about their beliefs and tell them about yours. Discuss with them your concerns and let them explain theirs. It might sound stupidly simplistic, but countless progressive movements throughout history have arisen from just talking.
Again, on Twitter:
“I voted Brexit because I felt the EU as a political entity was a corrupt, self-perpetuating organisation that no longer served the public.”
“I voted Brexit because the EU is an unaccountable monolith with a thin veneer of democratic process.”
That sounds very different to the stereotype of xenophobes wanting to get rid of immigration.
Respect is key. Not granting it to people whose opinions differ from your own makes you the opposite of a liberal by the very definition of the word.