20 Questions Liberals Need To Ask About Their Reaction To Trump

20 Questions Liberals Need To Ask About Their Reaction To Trump

At times like this, introspection and self-examination are important tools for anyone.
Daniel Payne
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It’s just one month into the presidency of Donald Trump, and not even three months since he won the election, and already the American liberal establishment has been buffeted by turmoil. The Left seems confused and desperate and wholly unsure of how to proceed in the newly minted Age of Trump.

At times like this, introspection and self-examination are important tools for anyone. Here are 20 questions American liberals need to ask themselves as they move forward in the Trump Era.

  1. Do you really think the whole “not my president” thing is a good idea? Don’t you think it makes you seem irrational, petulant, and immature?
  2. Do you think it’s wise to call Trump an “illegitimate” president? Based on the lack of evidence to back that claim up, does that not make you seem like wild-eyed conspiracy theorists?
  3. On that note, do you think it’s smart to truck in wild-eyed conspiracy theories? Doesn’t this make one look foolish?
  4. Should you be having a major freak out every time Trump does anything? Wouldn’t it be wiser to save the freak outs for when Trump does something actually bad?
  5. Do you think threatening to commit acts of domestic terrorism is a good look for American liberalism?
  6. Do you think screaming at and obstructing the secretary of Education as she tries to perform her job is a good look for American liberalism?
  7. Do you think Democrats freaking out about a judge they nominated a decade ago is a good look for American liberalism?
  8. Is comparing Trump’s voting base to the violent genocidal “herrenvolk” of Nazi Germany a smart thing for a liberal to do?
  9. When one says things like “There’s no such thing as a good Trump voter,” what should one expect the outcome to be? Does this increases the chances that a Democrat will win the presidency in 2020?
  10. Many of you were hysterical over the prospect of a Mitt Romney presidency in 2012. Now many of you seem to have changed your minds about him. Does this embarrass you at all? Does it give you any perspective?
  11. Was it a smart idea for 50 House Democrats to boycott the Trump inauguration? If 50 House Republicans had boycotted Hillary Clinton’s inauguration, how would that have made you feel?
  12. Why do you think liberals are so receptive to fake news these days, especially after they got so upset about fake news during the election season?
  13. Do you think it’s right to scream at Ivanka Trump because you don’t like her father?  Isn’t it unfair to blame a woman for the actions of her father?
  14. Do you think it’s right to denigrate Ivanka Trump’s business because you don’t like her father? Do you believe that women are merely “appendages of the men in their lives,” and thus liable for the sins of their male relatives?
  15. Do you think it’s wise for liberals to embrace violence as a political tool? Is there any way this tactic could backfire?
  16. Is it smart for liberals to claim that “Hollywood” is one of “the most vilified segments in American society right now?” How might such a claim look to average people who, unlike the Hollywood elite, are not rich, not hugely influential and not powerful?
  17. On that note, is it smart for liberals to mock football and mixed martial arts? How do you think the people who regularly watch these sports will feel about being mocked?
  18. Sen. Elizabeth Warren seems to be on the verge of becoming a standard-bearer of the anti-Trump Democratic Party. However, years ago she appears to have lied about being a Native American, possibly to advance her career. Do you think it’s okay for people to lie about their ethnicity for personal gain?
  19. President Trump previously signaled his support for banning people on the terror watch list from buying firearms. Do you think the Trump administration should have the power to strip Americans of their constitutional rights even if they haven’t been charged with a crime?
  20. The singers Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Holliday both received death threats for agreeing to participate in Trump’s inauguration; a shop owner in Franklin, Tennessee, received rape threats after stating her opposition to the anti-Trump Women’s March. Why do you think these people were subject to such vile treatment? Does such treatment say anything important about American liberalism?
Daniel Payne is an assistant editor for The College Fix, the news magazine of the Student Free Press Association. Daniel's work has appeared in outlets such as National Review Online, Reason, Front Porch Republic, and elsewhere. His personal blog can be found at Trial of the Century. He lives in Virginia.

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