The problem with Democrats calling for unity is that, deep within them – or even not so deep within – is the assumption that Trump voters and most Republicans are indeed “deplorables.”
It lurks there, not matter the kind words.
Biden’s inaugural address hit most of the right notes, even if it wasn’t especially memorable. But there was a moment that showed what he and his advisers truly think.
I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy.
I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real.
But I also know they are not new.
Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, and demonization have long torn us apart.
The battle is perennial.
Victory is never assured.
This is a clear reference to Trump supporters, and it is egregious name-calling.
The forces that divide us are not racism or nativism, although these certainly exist. Rather, those who oppose the establishment and the Biden and Harris agenda are people who believe their country is falling away, that their culture is being destroyed, and that their views and their speech are not tolerated.
They are people who no longer recognize the nation they are living in.
That’s why they voted for Trump. Not because they are racists.
Biden is right, they are fearful. And with good reason. But when he talks about “demonization,” well then, he needs to speak to his own followers and stop doing it himself.