Clinton: I Won the Places ‘Moving Forwards,’ Trump Won the Places ‘Looking Backwards’

“If you look at the map of the United States, there’s all that red in the middle where Trump won,” said Hillary Clinton this weekend at a speech in Mumbai. “I win the coast….I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”

Clinton goes on to explain that Trump’s message was: “You didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs. You…see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.”

This weekend in The New York Times, I pondered the relationship between smug liberalism and trollish conservatism. I can only assume that it’s because Donald Trump has been extremely busy with some H.R. matters that he hasn’t made time for a retaliatory tweet about this speech. But these comments are a great example of the liberal side of the rhetorical breakdown in American politics:

Modern American political discourse can seem disjointed to the point of absurdism. But the problem isn’t just filter bubbles, echo chambers or alternative facts. It’s tone: When the loudest voices on the left talk about people on the right as either beyond the pale or dupes of their betters, it is with an air of barely concealed smugness. Right-wingers, for their part, increasingly respond with a churlish “Oh, yeah? Hold my beer,” and then double down on whatever politically incorrect sentiment brought on the disdain in the first place.

These two terrible tendencies now feed off each other, growing stronger every day: the more smugness, the more satisfying it is to poke holes in it; the more toxic the trolling, the greater the sense of moral superiority. The result: an odoriferous stew of political rhetoric that is nearly irresistible to those on the inside and confusingly abhorrent to those on the outside.

I dug into the specific problem of what happens when you genuinely believe the narrative that Trump voters are primarily racist, sexist, or puppets—as Clinton clearly

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