Welcome Trump Supporters

Trump supporter at Bernie rally

I feel disheartened by Super Tuesday. For the voice of the people–in Bernie. And by the voice of the people–for Trump.

I could be terrified or disgusted, but instead I lean into curiosity.

Our democracy depends on it.

Bigotry, misogyny, ignorance. My blood boils.

But how about I push past the indulgence of righteousness to listen.
Really listen.

Trump. Bernie.
Trump sign taped to the back of an electric wheel chair, spotted at an independent book store during the holidays.

Income inequality has reached levels not seen since the 1920s.

Half of all the money donated to Democratic and Republican candidates came from just 158 wealthy families.

The long-standing faith that those who “work hard and play by the rules” will get ahead no longer fits the lived experience of working-class and middle-class Americans.

(Michael Sandel, The Guardian, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump look like saviours to voters who feel left out of the American Dream)

Trump’s popularity tells me people are feeling it.

Bernie’s popularity tells me people understand it.

Bernie is neither the antidote nor the antithesis to Trump. His voice is the necessary bridge to a new era of governance–of the people, by the people, for the people.

Welcome.

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