By Jeff Charles
The election of President Donald Trump left many Democratic voters distressed and crestfallen. Some became so distraught that they sought therapy, screamed at the sky, and even wrote letters to left-wing publications asking how to deal with their Trump-supporting relatives.
Recently, Slate — a prominent left-wing news site — published a letter from one of their readers in their parenting advice column. I’ll give you a second to stop laughing at the fact that Slate has a column on parenting.
The site published a piece titled “My Niece Wears Her MAGA Hat to Family Parties,” in which a downtrodden reader indicated that she did not know how to deal with her 18-year-old niece wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat when attending family events.
Luckily, Slate’s Carvell Wallace donned his “Social Justice Superman” costume, swooped in, and gave her some incredible advice to help her deal with her Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Make My Niece Great Again
The reader, who went by the name “Make My Niece Great Again,” (MMNGA) wrote a frenzied email to Slate asking how she should approach her Trump-loving niece at family events. She wrote:
“What do you say to your 18-year-old niece wearing a Make America Great Again hat at a family party? Respect her autonomy as an adult to peacefully display her political views? Counsel her privately that her choice to wear the hat makes you and other people uncomfortable? Ask her why she’s wearing the hat?”
MMNGA’s situation is a common one. Political discussions in the age of Trump have become so heated that they have divided families and even marriages. The reader’s frustration at her niece is likely shared by hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country. After all, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a powerful malady. Fortunately, Wallace had some excellent tips for this distraught reader.
Slate To The Rescue!
Before dishing out any advice, Wallace engages in a bit of race-baiting, as any good leftist should. He writes:
“But it’s also my belief that I can’t—nor should I—feel responsible for changing the mind of every such person I encounter. As a black person, that strikes me as absurd. I didn’t create the mess of this country’s wild history with race and violence, so why should I be consigned to be running around trying to fix it for people? I have to pick and choose my spots.”
Brilliant point. Wallace claims that blacks have no role in mending the relationships between Americans who are divided over politics. Oddly enough, the reader never actually asked about race when writing her letter, but what does that matter? People on the far left could turn a conversation about pickles into a long, drawn-out lecture on the black experience in America.
Wallace continues prefacing his answer with another reference to race. He writes:
“However, I am assuming that you are a white person (call it a lucky guess), so the situation is different for you. And in this case, you have a unique opportunity. You love and trust someone who currently supports Donald Trump, which means that you have an existing relationship with that person outside of politics. This means that you can talk with your niece without her having to doubt that you love her, and loving your niece has an extra value here.”
One can’t really blame Wallace for assuming the reader is white — he has about a 62.06% chance of being right, doesn’t he? Either way, his advice to have a conversation with the niece while still loving her is pretty solid. Now, don’t start getting that warm and mushy feeling inside just yet, because the author has more to add:
“Not only are you motivated by an objection to bad forces in the world, but you also have the chance to be motivated by a desire to keep someone you love from being a part of bad forces in the world. I do believe that love is one of the most powerful forces of change. It does not mean that loving your enemy will keep them from killing you (people really love getting that message twisted).”
Yes, that’s right folks! The reader has a tremendous opportunity to keep her daughter from “being a part of bad forces in the world.” Like Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi attempting to convince Darth Vader to turn from the Dark Side, this reader has a chance to persuade her wayward niece to abandon conservatism. It’s fortunate because according to Wallace, conservatives are her enemy and might kill the reader despite being approached in love.
The author concludes his reply by stating that the reader should use love to turn her niece away from Trump. Then, after giving the reader his diatribe detailing how evil Trump supporters are, he concludes by saying “good luck.” Perhaps it would have been better to say, “May the Force be With You.”
When Will It End?
Sadly, this Slate reader isn’t the only left-leaning American who can’t deal with those who have different political views. Left-wing publications actively encourage the type of thinking portrayed in this piece. Indeed, it is the left that has contributed the most to the state of our current political discourse.
Left-leaning media outlets have spent decades vilifying conservative politicians and the Americans who support them. Instead of approaching conservatives as decent people with whom they disagree, they have chosen to demonize them for not subscribing to leftist views by calling them bigots, Nazis, and fascists. For this reason, we now have liberals who do not know how to deal with people who don’t agree with them. They have effectively convinced a large portion of the American public that those who support Trump are evil monsters seeking to destroy their way of life.
You’ve heard it said many times, but articles like this are how they got Trump in the first place. People became fed up with the left’s constant derision and false accusations of bigotry, so they elected someone who aggressively pushes back. It’s the left’s behavior that got Trump elected, and if their current conduct is any indication, it will get him re-elected in 2020.