DEMOCRATS EAGER TO WOO TRUMP VOTERS
When Time magazine goes to name their person of the year eight months from now, the publication should award the title to “Trump voters.”
The legions of loyal, energized, grass-roots stalwarts who rose up to be counted during the presidential election made their mark — and simultaneously confounded the Democratic Party, pollsters, pundits and the liberal media. They never saw the Trump force coming — and have been in ferocious panic mode ever since the White House went to President Trump just over 11 weeks ago.
Yes, the Trump voters are on the radar in a very big way. There is also change afoot. Caught unaware, national pollsters are now tweaking their surveys to gauge the mindset and beliefs of the new Trump demographic. Democrats are huddling with strategists, trying to craft ways to undermine Mr. Trump and lure his followers to the progressive mindset.
The media previously offered dismissive coverage of this heartland force. That too is beginning to change. Consider a surprising op-ed by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who is now urging his Democratic readers to “be nice to Trump voters,” advising irate followers of Hillary Clinton to study the victorious group.
Mr. Kristof writes that “one problem with Democratic anger is that it stereotypes a vast and contradictory group of 63 million people. Sure, there were racists and misogynists in their ranks, but that doesn’t mean that every Trump voter was a white supremacist.” Mr. Kristof also cautions that “we simply can’t write off 46 percent of the electorate,” and that hatred of Trump voters “leaves the Democratic Party more removed from working-class pain.”
Mr. Kristof has penned a canny, cautionary tale here, which does have positive points. But it’s also an indicator that Trump foes are beginning to eye his die-hard supporters with great appetite. The Democrats, essentially, are figuring out ways to woo Trump voters. And those voters should be wary of the trend.
“So by all means stand up to Trump, point out that he’s a charlatan and resist his initiatives,” Mr. Kristof advises Democrats. “But remember that social progress means winning over voters in flyover country, and that it’s difficult to recruit voters whom you’re simultaneously castigating as despicable, bigoted imbeciles.”
The Democrats are brainstorming ways to reach out to President Trump’s vocal supporters ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections.