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(Return of Kings | Harry Lime) After Donald Trump was elected the 65th President of the United States, dismayed leftists, professional protesters, and useful idiots alike (many of whom did not even vote) fled to the streets to protest the supposedly unjust election results and the racist, sexist, xenophobe™ who reigned victorious. Hoisting placards, waving posters, shining spotlights, and holding neon signs etched with and radiating “LOVE TRUMPS HATE” became this crestfallen group’s form of “resistance” to an alleged authoritarian.
“Love Trumps Hate” is one of the feel-good slogans passed down from former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s 1.2 billion-dollar failed campaign. The slogan is based on the notion that having the globalist darling in the Oval Office would have continued the era of peace, love and tolerance under the Obama Administration, whereas one with The Donald—as it is now—would produce fear and bigotry.
The separation was clear: Trump represents hate, Clinton love. You hear “Love Trumps Hate” repeated ad nauseam across social media to the point you would think a lie told this frequently would eventually take on some semblance of truth—Goebbels style. Fortunately, as more and more people wake up to the scourge of globalism, recognize and finally reject the propaganda of the political and media establishment, they have started to tune into disingenuous messages like “Love Trumps Hate”.
Following the establishment narrative that paints all nationalism as “scary” or “bigoted”, you can understand what these protesters in their own twisted world are advocating for when they scribble “Love Trumps Hate” onto their demonstration tool of choice. But for the uninitiated—or the initiated seeking clarification—let us unpack five crucial, inherent flaws with the “Love Trumps Hate” rhetoric, and why it will always lose to “Make America Great Again”.
1. It politicizes feelings
This is “Love Trumps Hate”‘s most obvious flaw. Neither love nor hate necessarily signal good politics, and when you attempt to conflate the two the results can be catastrophic. There are studies that show how using empathy to take government action distorts our reasoning capacity and ability to implement policies or pass laws that benefit the broader public (ex. citizens) over a chosen, protected minority (ex. illegal immigrants).
By politicizing feelings, “Love Trumps Hate” appeals both to emotion and partisanship: it presupposes that Clinton was about love and Trump is about hate, which opens up a vast field for debate on specific policy that few, if any of those protesters will want or be able to have.