I lost another Liberal friend recently. I don’t know for sure why he stopped returning calls and emails and disappeared on social media. However experience suggests it’s probably something I said about President Trump.
It’s not that I’m a Trump fan. A longtime Republican, I voted for Clinton. Since taking office Trump has confirmed just about every reason I had for not voting for him. But I’m also not a Trump hater. I don’t question that he loves our country, or that he is doing what he thinks is best for America. I also think that Trump has, in some areas, transformed our political debate for the good.
There was a time when it was possible, even desirable, to have civil conversations with people holding different political views. I have no doubt that Trump has undermined our democratic norms. But sometimes it’s hard not to think the Left is at fault, too, in how they react to Trump and his supporters (or even people that just don’t hate him). Because they are only democratic norms if they apply for everybody in our democracy, even the people with whom we disagree. Yes, my Liberal ex-friends, even for President Donald Trump and his supporters.