Are you regretting earlier support for President Trump? Has his acidic rhetoric, blustery Twitter account, or The Washington Post’s fact-checker (more than 20,000 lies or misleading statements from the Bad Orange Man!) finally persuaded you that your politics have been misguided? Never fear, writes Nancy Gibbs in a recent Post op-ed, there is forgiveness and reconciliation for the Trump voter.
Gibbs — director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government — acknowledges it may be tempting to castigate former Trump supporters, demanding “penance and flagellation, expiation in exile, bread-and-water rations, a vow of abstinence from Fox News.” But this would be “shallow” and “short-sighted.”
Rather, such persons should be “gently affirm[ed]” and welcomed “back to the fold without rebuke.” This should be a “celebration of the prodigal returned, because anyone can be wrong, even profoundly and flamboyantly wrong, and there is no way forward without finding a way to leave