DON’T IRK THE TRUMP VOT­ERS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Es­tab­lish­ment Democrats don’t like to bandy about the “I-word.” They cau­tion that talk of im­peach­ing Pres­i­dent Trump will rile up Mr. Trump’s very loyal sup­port­ers — who will flock to the polls on Nov. 6 and launch a red wave to be reck­oned with. Curb­ing im­peach­ment chat­ter could prove a chal­lenge for these Democrats, par­tic­u­larly when bil­lion­aire ac­tivist Tom Steyer is spend­ing $110 mil­lion to counter Mr. Trump through a pub­lic in­ter­est group called Need to Im­peach, plus vig­or­ous voter out­reach and a 30-city na­tional tour.

Then there is the news me­dia. Some jour­nal­ists con­tinue to “de­mean the elec­torate,” cit­ing Trump vot­ers in un­kind ways writes Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor colum­nist David Ca­tron, who sug­gests this prac­tice leads to po­lit­i­cal peril.

“The Left still doesn’t know why it’s los­ing,” says Mr. Ca­tron, who points out that New York Times colum­nist Charles M. Blow re­ferred to Trump vot­ers as “Trump’s nox­ious base,” “beastly,” and “an en­emy of the Re­pub­lic” — while Washington Post colum­nist Dana Mil­bank re­cently noted that “Trump and his Fox News-view­ing sup­port­ers dock their space­ship in a par­al­lel uni­verse where truth isn’t truth.”

Mr. Ca­tron cites other jour­nal­ists who de­mean Trump vot­ers. He also reached back into his­tory to re­call Garry Wills — who in 2000 wrote “Rea­gan’s Amer­ica: In­no­cents at Home,” in which the au­thor de­scribed Mr. Rea­gan’s re­la­tion­ship with the vot­ers as “a kind of com­plic­ity.”

Mr. Ca­tron notes that Mr. Wills was ”im­ply­ing that Rea­gan and the elec­torate had col­luded to com­mit some sort of crime. The of­fense was, of course, their mu­tual re­fusal to im­bibe the pro­pa­ganda la­dled out by the lib­eral es­tab­lish­ment and the me­dia.” Such talk tends to mo­ti­vate peo­ple. “Trump vot­ers are daily re­minded that, at best, they are sec­ond-class cit­i­zens. That pisses them off, thus they pull the ‘R’ lever. And their re­la­tion­ship with Trump does in­deed in­volve ‘a kind of com­plic­ity’ to make Amer­ica great again,” Mr. Ca­tron ob­serves.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Es­tab­lish­ment Democrats are cau­tion­ing talk of im­peach­ing Pres­i­dent Trump be­cause they say it may launch a “red wave” of vot­ers this fall.

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