Newt Gingrich
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Some have suggested that the Trump vote was a reaction against the snobbery of liberal elites. I generally agree that liberals have been insufficiently concerned about the plight of struggling, working class whites. But I have to call B.S. on the notion that liberals pioneered the art of holding others in contempt.

The dominant energy in conservative politics for several decades now has been to cast liberals as immoral, anti-American degenerates.

Let’s start with the subtle version which is that liberals do not live in the “real America.” As the GOP vice presidential nominee put it in 2008: “[We] believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hardworking, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.”

But conservatives have gotten much harsher than that. Liberals have been told that they were immoral, “less moral than other people,” and just want to “obliterate the whole notion of morality.” Liberal depravity caused 911 and the breakdown of the American family.

Liberals are, in fact, demonic. They are brainless, unhappy, miserable, and mentally ill. They are castrati.

They are anti-work, and anti-responsibility. They hate “family.” And Thanksgiving, capitalism, football, success, and freedom. They support genocide. They are pro-crime and pro-fascism.

They care far more about dead animals than dead babies, because they generally are waging “a war against children.”

Liberals are anti-God, anti-Jesus, anti-Christianity, and anti-religion. It goes without saying that they’re very, very, very anti-Christmas. Oh, and Obama is probably the anti-Christ.

Simply put, liberals are evil.

They hate the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Third Amendment, the Fourth Amendment. Really they hate the whole Bill of Rights and most of the Constitution.

Of course, most of all, liberals hate America so, so, so, so, so, so, so much. In fact, they hate America “more than Isis.

Normally I’d say it was a cheap trick to pull crack-pot lines from the fringes of internet but the comments above came from, among others, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guiliani, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity, via websites such as Brietbart, Townhall, Newsmax, Infowars, The American Thinker, American Spectator and WND – in other words the people who are now in power or have the ear of our nation’s leaders.

Remember, it was Gingrich in 1996 who famously advised Republicans to “define our opponents” by using words like “traitors,” “sick,” “corrupt,” “anti-family,” and “anti-child.”

So while I do think liberals have to check any sense of snobbery, conservatives should acknowledge that for several decades they have waged a persistent, multi-front campaign to cast a third of the population as grotesquely depraved.

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Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman is chair of the Rebuild Local News Coalition, cofounder of Report for America, and a contributing editor at the Washington Monthly.