Who are the Deplorables?

Today’s New York Times reports that crazed bombs-away Islamophobe Michael Flynn is likely to assume the post of NSC advisor of the “peace candidate” Donald Trump. You laugh, but it was not Trump’s neo-Nazi base which was promoting Trump using this expression but respected left figures Rosa (Ehrenreich) Brooks here, John Pilger here and Robert Parry here among others. Did they, in fact, vote for Trump on these grounds? None seems to want to say. But it is reasonable to infer that at least some did.

In short, they were Trump voters, included among those who Robin Kelley, in a widely praised Boston Review essay, would consign to the category of racist, misogynist, homophobic, bigoted deplorables. One should not attempt to interrogate, understand, or attempt any reconciliation with those making up the Trump coalition. That they “voted for a platform and a message of white supremacy, Islamophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-science, anti-Earth, militarism, torture, and policies that blatantly maintain income inequality” cannot be “ignored” and, one presumes, forgiven.

Fine Mr. Kelley. Perhaps we should never forgive any of those within the Trump coalition. Frankly, I don’t agree. But if that is our position, it must be applied across the board: not just to trailer parks, auto part dealerships and gun shows, but to segments of hipster left journalism and academe as well.

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