to fight dirty
So what should Democrats do?
Take a page from the GOP playbook and obstruct everything.
One of the most galling things about the complete Republican takeover of American government that we witnessed last month is the way it rewarded the party's destructive behavior during the Obama years. Not only did voters never punish Republican leaders for pouring sand into the gas tank of representative democracy, they granted them victories in nearly every contested House and Senate race, proving incontrovertibly that voters simply do not care about or understand the ways that Republican leadership subverted longstanding norms of parliamentary procedure.
In perhaps the most brazen violation of democratic norms in living memory, the Republicans just stole the colossally important swing seat on the Supreme Court by obliterating precedent and refusing even to hold hearings for Merrick Garland.
as patriarchal white racists that voted for the patriarchal white racism coming out of Trump's mouth daily for months on end OR saw patriarchal white racism and its attending misogyny, homophobia and islamophobia as so insignificant that they voted for him anyway because they are patriarchal white racism enablers
who don't deserve to be distinguished from
patriarchal white and wanna-be-white supremacists with attending misogynistic, homophobic, anti-semitic, and islamophobic tendencies.
Trump and alt-Right have been constructing themselves since the Reagan years. Black and brown people have known this the entire time. Yet, white liberals couldn't see it or hear about the deadliness of Reagan and white violence from POCs until 30 years too late because, suffering a different from of white racism, white liberals ALSO assume black and brown people think everything is about race.Liberal white people willfully refuse to comprehend that the people being stomped on always know more about the stomper than the stomper's family and friends, not until its 30 years too late. With very few exceptions, liberal white people always see white racism quasi-clearly only after it's 30 years behind them. Rarely have they seen white supremacy in white individuals in the present. However, a few whites are better at seeing white supremacy in 2016 than they were in 1986. There really isn't any doubt about this. But the change hasn't been enough and the change hasn't come in large enough numbers. Bernie Bros and Pantsuit Nationalists back slide when the -isms and phobias attached to whiteness get tough.