Post Op-Ed: If Trump Voters Get On Their Knees And Beg, The Left Might Forgive Them

Post Op-Ed: If Trump Voters Get On Their Knees And Beg, The Left Might Forgive Them


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

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