I keep reading over and over that most Trump voters aren't really racist/sexist/homophobic. They were just voting for this other thing (usually economic concerns, which...well, I won't get into that right now but wtf), and if we just took the time to understand them and listen to them they wouldn't have voted for Trump. They think that is both comforting and a way forward.

It isn't.

Let me respond with an analogy. For this analogy we will be using a puppy, on account of unlike when it comes to women, people of color, and the LGBT+, people have actual empathy to spare for puppies.

Here is a hungry man. He genuinely hasn't eaten in a week and has every right to be upset and angry about that and he's miffed at those he perceives are responsible for his hunger. Before him stands two candidates. One offers him a turkey sandwich for his vote. The other offers a steak dinner, and also he will be kicking the shit out of this puppy. The man votes for the steak dinner and then watches as a puppy get the shit kicked out of it. You say, "Okay, but he's not a bad person. He was hungry. If you had just focused on how a sandwich isn't a filling meal the puppy would have been safe."

Yes. Yes he motherfucking is a bad person who needs to goddamn feel bad. And ashamed. And he's just told me that he believes the safety of that puppy rests not in it's inherent right not to get the shit kicked out of it, but how full his stomach is. Fuck you.

And if you think for one second that when he sits down to eat his steak and discovers it is actually a shit sandwich that he's going to blame anyone but the puppy for it, you're wrong. You're so very, very wrong. That puppy is dead.

You can "reach out" to these fuckers all you want. I don't care. Fuck them. Seriously, fuck them. Fuck their issues. Fuck their wallets. Fuck their concerns. It is NOT reasonable to hold someone else's basic human rights hostage for...well. Anything. Ever.

If all you are offered is a crust of bread against a steak and puppy kicking, you choose the crust of bread. If all you are offered is starvation against puppy kicking, your last ounce of energy before you pass out should be spent putting your body in front of that puppy to protect it. Anything less does, in fact, MAKE YOU A BAD PERSON.

Note: not you guys. The wider internet. I'm just posting this here because...howling scream of frustration into the wind?
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