I don’t care about offending Republicans so much as giving them something (they think is tangible) to hold up and say, “But what about this? But what about that?” In these instances the answers are much less important to them that the chance to look informed and insightful for asking the question(s). Fox News already gave them all the spin and answers they’re looking for (and by “answers” I mean laundry list of idiotic questions to ask), and to them, these same questions are the trump cards they’ll slap down on the TV tray before the inevitable mic drop.
Yes, I agree 100% that current Trump supporters and willfully ignorant, and/or in major denial. But, I don’t believe they’re all a hopeless cause, and I’m not willing to group the lot of them together and label them beyond help. Some are only as informed as their (echo chamber) Facebook Feeds and 24-hour-news-channel-of-choice allows them to be. This doesn’t mean they just won’t hear something that conflicts with their reality, just that they’ve got no reason to go looking elsewhere for actual answers, or contrasting opinions.
Don’t think for a second that I give a shit what the Mayor of Puerto Rico has been wearing lately, at this point I’m just happy to see her in clean, dry clothes. The only reason I even got involved in this particular conversation is because Alstein touched on something my family had already brought up earlier tonight, and I know just the type of spin he was alluding to. This doesn’t mean I think she needs to avoid giving Trump supporters something to point to when they want to discredit her work or intentions in situations like this, simply that I think it’s worth acknowledging such presumptions will be made. Without at least recognizing and acknowledging certain perceptions, too much dialogue merely turns into people shouting at each other that they’re just stupid, wrong, and oblivious to the obviousness of a situation. And this isn’t helpful.
A key part of my belief is that these people are not all the same, no matter how easy it is to write them off as such. And while I have no interest in placating any of the Nazis in the crowd (of which there are so many more than I would have thought a year ago), I’m still willing to work towards… uhh enlightening… the others; even though I’m probably going to give myself a stroke if conversations keep going the way they have been.