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For those of you who read my most recent post, you know that I called out the Reluctant and Never Trump people and told them I believed it was time for them to join the Trump team. As a result, I think it’s only right for me to speak to those of you who have been Trump supporters for a long time, and explain why I think you should welcome those who held back their support for Trump.
Let me first point out that many people who were not willing to support Trump earlier commented on the OP referenced above that they’ve come around, with varying degrees of enthusiasm; some of them are cautiously optimistic; others are willing to support him with a dispassionate eye. The point is that lots of people admitted to changing their minds and are now on board. This was shared with almost no mention of the hostility that has developed on Ricochet between the Never Trump and Trump contingents.
Unfortunately, there are still Trump supporters who are angry at the Never Trump people. I know many of the discussions have been bitter, but I hope those of you who supported Trump will consider moving the dialogue forward.
I divide Trump supporters into more or less four categories:
- Those who will never forgive those who criticized Trump, and who will continue to bash those who didn’t jump on the bandwagon from the beginning;
- Those who allow themselves to be drawn into hostile discussions that are clearly intended to bait them;
- Those who are very skeptical that people have changed their views and they still tell the newcomers that they will have to prove themselves; and
- Those who are willing to welcome those who are now on board and are giving them the benefit of the doubt.
So, are those of you who have been passionately for Trump willing to disengage when you are taunted by those who choose to antagonize you? Will you welcome into the fold those who now want to support Trump? I’m still seeing a gnashing of teeth and nasty comments from both sides. Hey Trump folks, you won! We won! And Trump can use all the help he can get.
And finally: I believe that people are entitled to their feelings, especially when we are hurt or angry; the beauty of being human is that we can transcend our feelings, and act/write with dignity and forethought.
Will you open the gates to the newest members of the Trump team?