The Real Reason Trump Supporters Hate Liberals

We betray the straight white patriarchy

Michael Greiner

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When I asked my neighbor to take a picture of the Trump 2020 flag he hung proudly inside his garage, just past his big pick-up truck and four-wheeler painted in camo, he proudly agreed.

Obviously, he seemed to think I was one of his people. After all, I am a white male living in a stable marriage in one of the three counties in the country most responsible for electing Trump. I was taking my blonde-haired grandson out for a morning walk.

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But he likely is not a reader of my posts. Nor has he seen my vehicle, a hybrid with a Coexist bumper sticker and another sticker for the university where I teach. Had he been aware of these facts, I would have likely received a very different reaction — because then, he would have known I was the enemy.

It’s hard to fathom, but it’s true. To many Conservatives, particularly of the ilk who are Trump’s most die-hard supporters, I am a greater enemy than Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong Un. My neighbor may be the prototypical Trump supporter, but by virtue of my education and profession, I am one of those elite Liberals he hates so much.

Liberals like me have been mystified by this dynamic. After all, all Liberals want is for everyone to do well. How can that wish generate such hatred?

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There have been articles written about the history of how Conservatives have come to hate Liberals. There are articles written about how Evangelicals have come to love this narcissistic sinner in the White House. One in particular described how happy Evangelicals are that the White House will not be lit up like a rainbow again, calling that day a “nightmare.” But I have not seen any articles analyzing why Conservatives feel the need to demonize us in this way.

To that end, I will propose a theory. Betrayal is one of the most painful human experiences. Looking at me, my neighbor thinks I…

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Michael Greiner

Mike is an Assistant Professor of Management for Legal and Ethical Studies at Oakland U. Mike combines his scholarship with practical experience in politics.