In the ensuing discussion after the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, there was some liberal and leftist support for the victims, until Garry Trudeau came along and called what they did “punching down.” (That is, the cartoonists had mocked Muslims, and since we must regard Muslims as oppressed, mocking them was a no-no.) At the time, I pointed out (here) that leftists had never hesitated to “punch down” against Christian fundamentalists, but of course this observation had no effect on anyone.
Now we are seeing a vast amount of “punching down” from the left, since all the “resistance” against Trump is also directed at his supporters who, despite generally being poor, are considered so racist and sexist that they apparently deserve to be “punched.” First, it is hard to imagine any Trump supporter being swayed by any of the “punching down,” while on the other hand, those who supported Trump only reluctantly now seem to be more solidly behind him. Second, the continued insistence that those who voted for Trump are racist, despite evidence to the contrary, shows how unfair the left is. Third, calling them racist is nothing but stereotyping, which leftists had persuaded us was immoral. Apparently not.
I suppose we have to put up with the punching down for another four years. I hope it is so counter-productive that it will have to be done for eight years.