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How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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  • Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right
  • As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”
  • Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump
  • The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: How Liberals Are Fueling the Alt-Right

https://www.civicsnation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/White-Supremacist-300x200.jpg A member of the alt-right at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA that resulted in one death and multiple injuries. Photo credit: Kim Kelley-Wagner / Shutterstock

One thing is for sure: the current strategy, which mostly consists of responding with outrage, isn’t working. As the old adage goes, “You can’t fight fire with fire.”

Editor,  Civics Nation

May 16, 2018 | The alt-right has only gotten stronger since the 2016 election. That’s because the engagement tactics that liberals are using, while well intentioned, are ultimately misguided. As a result, liberals have ended up stoking the fire rather than extinguishing it.

As New York Times contributor Michelle Goldberg points out, part of the appeal of the alt-right movement is that it’s unconventional, taboo, and controversial. Those who belong to this movement revel in the attention they get when they express their unpopular views. Anyone who has encountered an online troll knows this to be true.

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Part 2: How Liberal Talking Points Help President Trump

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The name-calling and the policing of others’ words will only repel voters, which is part of what led to Trump’s presidential victory in the first place.

Editor, Civics Nation

May 17, 2018 | Racist. Sexist. Homophobic. Deplorable.

That’s the type of language that the left uses to describe President Trump and his supporters. And while the general intent is to shame Trump and his fan base into abandoning their principles, it’s actually having the opposite effect—it’s angering and emboldening them.

That’s precisely the point that University of Virginia political science professor Gerard Alexander wants liberals to understand. In a recent op-ed published in The New York Times, Alexander argues that stereotyping all Trump supporters as racist, sexist, and homophobic is making the problem worse.

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