A political analyst on MSNBC’s Morning Joe contends that the Trump resistance “has to become a church” to recruit “those people in the middle” who are “scared of change.”
Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas argued that Trump haters should use their momentum from 2017 to recruit white middle class Americans who allegedly fear that minorities are remaking the country.
“The resistance has to become a church,” Giridharadas said, “a church that seeks converts.”
Despite Trump’s obvious successes implementing campaign promises like tax cuts, rooting out ISIS, and bringing back jobs, Giridharadas believes “the resistance” has been effective in “protecting our institutions” in 2017.
“When you think about 2017, I think resistance was incredibly important, frankly, from my point of view. This president shattered every Democratic norm that people on both sides take for granted,” he alleged. “But if the movement that has done such a good job in 2017 at protecting our institutions only protects our institutions, I think they are going to miss an opportunity.”
The plan for progressives, Giridharadas argues, should be to take the resistance movement to people who allegedly don’t like them, tell those folks their way of thinking is wrong, and convince them to join forces against the president. The same president who just cut their taxes.
“… (M)any, many, many Americans are not die hard Trumpers and are not coastal elites who are fully down with the privilege-checking new America that is here. And for those people in the middle, I would hope that those who did such a great job resisting Trump also do a great job persuading them, winning them over,” Giridharadas said.
“Going into parts of this country that are scared of change, talking to men who are terrified by a gender equal future, talking to white people who fear a coming non-white majority. And not conceding that these directions of history are wrong, because they’re good directions of history in the main. But being able to speak to them, understand their anxiety, and win them over to the other side.”
That’s where the “church that seeks converts” comes in.
Giridharada was raised in Ohio, Maryland, and Paris, France, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of Michigan, Oxford and Harvard, and works as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He also writes elite coastal publications like The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as progressive outlets including The Atlantic.
Trump has repeatedly warred with hosts of the “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who frequently criticize the president’s mental status, as well as his honesty and fitness for office.
Trump, meanwhile, has fired back at the duo on Twitter, labeling the hosts “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and “Psycho Joe.”