Her name is Karlyn Borysenko and she went to a Trump rally, then came out of it with a very stern warning for Democrats who are living in echo chambers and clearly not ready to be taken seriously in any election. Borysenko's blog post titled "After Attending a Trump Rally, I Realized Democrats Are Not Ready For 2020" should be a wake-up call to liberals in America to see what's really going on from a first-hand perspective.
Borysenko went, she saw, and she added nothing but stone cold truth and honesty in her writing, something that's more admirable these days than ever before in the age of fake news, fake outrage, and pretty much fake everything.
And let me tell you, she didn't waste any time getting to the point.
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I think those of us on the left need to take a long look in the mirror and have an honest conversation about what’s going on.
If you had told me three years ago that I would ever attend a Donald Trump rally, I would have laughed and assured you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it three months ago, I probably would have done the same thing. So, how did I find myself among 11,000-plus Trump supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire? Believe it or not, it all started with knitting.
She talked a bit about the knitting culture and how even they are not free from the nonsense trolls and behavior online. Then gets back into the political aspect. She touches on a very good point - the fact that so many extreme liberals call Trump voters racist, when it's the most incorrect and inaccurate thing you could call them.
You see, I was one of those Democrats who considered anyone who voted for Trump a racist. I thought they were horrible (yes, even deplorable) and worked very hard to eliminate their voices from my spaces by unfriending or blocking people who spoke about their support of him, however minor their comments. I watched a lot of MSNBC, was convinced that everything he had done was horrible, that he hated anyone who wasn’t a straight white man, and that he had no redeeming qualities.
She further explains that the less she listens to the leftists, the more she sees how people actually are - which is nothing like the liberal echo chambers you hear the far left liberals screaming about online.
But when I witnessed the amount of hate coming from the left in this small, niche knitting community, I started to question everything. I started making a proactive effort to break my echo chamber by listening to voices I thought I would disagree with. I wanted to understand their perspective, believing it would confirm that they were filled with hate for anyone who wasn’t like them.
She's right. They are very hateful while telling everyone else THEY are the hateful ones. Back in 2016 I joined a group on Facebook for Hillary Clinton supporters. I wanted to see what it was like. It was nothing but people arguing and moderators banning anyone who asked a difficult question. I was kicked out for not agreeing 100% on policies and asking why anyone would prefer raised taxes with her over less taxes with Trump. There was no successful or educated dialogue - I was just banned.
Now to see Borysenko witness the same ludicrous behavior from liberals in a tiny knitting community, I know my experience years ago wasn't a one-off. Heck, that's exactly what pushed me to vote for Trump then, and certainly will be the case this year. Same with my local elections - the ridicule I see liberals giving each other and to others is exactly why I don't support their candidates. It's not even the candidates I dislike, it's their supporters. However, in 2020, I think all the Democrats are really bad, so there's literally no chance I change my mind without a few million dollars sitting at my doorstep. If you want my vote that bad, then buy me out for a few million and we'll call it a deal. Who would say no to that, right!
Here's where Borysenko nails it.
That turned out not to be the case. The more voices outside the left that I listened to, the more I realized that these were not bad people. They were not racists, nazis, or white supremacists. We had differences of opinions on social and economic issues, but a difference of opinion does not make your opponent inherently evil. And they could justify their opinions using arguments, rather than the shouting and ranting I saw coming from my side of the aisle.
Thank you Borysenko for saying what millions of people have been trying to tell liberals for the last 3-4 years.
Different opinions on policy and political/societal issues do not make us any different, does not make people racist, does not make people hateful - it's just a different perspective. We're still human, but we can look at politics in a different way without going to bizarre extremes to label people a Nazi.
Don't you think people who survived Hitler would have quite a different opinion of that? Tony the guy who sells newspapers and votes for Trump isn't a Nazi. Nazis killed millions of people. The guy who lives down the street who pays his taxes and voted for Trump is not a nazi. Anyone who survived the Holocaust would look at liberals in shame when they call anyone but a nazi, a nazi.
Now she discovers the #WalkAway movement in which Democrats who are basically ashamed of their party are leaving for one who is more accepting as a whole.
I started to discover (or perhaps rediscover) the #WalkAway movement. I had heard about #WalkAway when MSNBC told me it was fake and a bunch of Russian bots. But then I started to meet real people who had been Democrats and made the decision to leave because they could not stand the way the left was behaving. I watched town halls they held with different minority communities (all available in their entirety on YouTube), and I saw sane, rational discussion from people of all different races, backgrounds, orientations, and experiences. I joined the Facebook group for the community and saw stories popping up daily of people sharing why they are leaving the Democratic Party. This wasn’t fake.
It certainly is not fake. If anything, it shows where the true hatred in America lies and it's not in the Republican Party, but quite the opposite. Liberals even treat each other poorly at times and it's just not right to do.
I started to question everything. How many stories had I been sold that weren’t true? What if my perception of the other side is wrong? How is it possible that half the country is overtly racist? Is it possible that Trump derangement syndrome is a real thing, and had I been suffering from it for the past three years?
And the biggest question of all was this: Did I hate Trump so much that I wanted to see my country fail just to spite him and everyone who voted for him?
These are wonderful questions because they show how one person can have some self-awareness and reflect on what's really going on in the world.
When we step outside and interact with people, we have no clue who people voted for, and we don't even care. The online version and offline version of us are so different. Online is full of trolls, offline is full of people holding doors for each other and doing nice things (except criminals who don't follow laws).
While Trump Derangement Syndrome isn't a true medical term, it's a phrase used to describe people who are just so far gone they don't care about anything as long as Trump fails and so do his supporters. Well that's horrible. Why would you hate someone so much you want the entire country to fail? What happens if you're a liberal who has a family member who likes a strong economy and voted for Trump? Does the liberal hate them now?
Borysenko goes on to describe the Trump rally as an energetic event more like a rock show than a political party. She says it was even more energetic than Barack Obama events. The people were happy, unified, and all there for a supportive reason.
I had attended an event with all the Democratic contenders just two days prior in exactly the same arena, and the contrast was stark. First, Trump completely filled the arena all the way up to the top. Even with every major Democratic candidate in attendance the other night, and the campaigns giving away free tickets, the Democrats did not do that. With Trump, every single person was unified around a singular goal. With the Democrats, the audience booed over candidates they didn’t like and got into literal shouting matches with each other. With Trump, there was a genuinely optimistic view of the future. With the Democrats, it was doom and gloom. With Trump, there was a genuine feeling of pride of being an American. With the Democrats, they emphasized that the country was a racist place from top to bottom.
Trump jokes about his opponents too, so we don't ignore that - but it's all part of the unified goal and entertainment factor with him. That's just who his personality is.
The one point Borysenko makes at the end of her post:
I think the Democrats have an ass-kicking coming to them in November, and I think most of them will be utterly shocked when it happens, because they’re existing in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality.