Are liberals handing Trump another term with their language? This professor says yes

  • Published on May 17, 2018
  • Are liberals pushing conservatives away from the liberal cause by being condescending? One political science professor says yes. University of Virginia political science professor Gerard Alexander authored a New York Times op-ed "Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think." Alexander spoke to CBSN about why liberals may be handing President Trump a victory in 2020, and why he would have given his article a different title.

Comments • 17

  • Chris Anderson
    Chris Anderson 4 months ago

    Trump 2020!!!

  • Ninjai
    Ninjai Year ago +1

    Liberals can't make a point or explain themselves so they resort to condescending and name calling.

  • Iris Fishman
    Iris Fishman Year ago

    Very succinct!

    LORDERIK13 Year ago +1


  • Meeyo
    Meeyo Year ago

    I see controlling language and condescending tone on both sides of the political spectrum. Sanctimony. Self-righteousness. Both left and right have problems with communication.

  • GM Gates
    GM Gates Year ago

    I was a moderate democrat, and agree with this 100 percent. Democrats are stuck within a false dichotomy of "you're either with us, or you're against us."
    To liberals, if you're not completely on board with their stances towards gender issues, environmentalism, gun control, raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour or more, or anything else they push, then you're a sexist racist, who hates poor people and the environment.
    Since the left has taken such hard stances, I cannot be on board with them any longer.

  • rimred
    rimred Year ago

    Again, a catchy op ed title for a loose point. NYT, take your readers as smarter than you think.

  • Greg Thornton
    Greg Thornton Year ago

    Clue No. 1 - This came from the OPINION section of the NYT. So that's all it is...OPINION.

  • mushroomking11
    mushroomking11 Year ago

    What the "professor" is forgetting to calculate is that this, like everything before it, will be blown away by the NEXT trump scandal. It will be completely forgotten by the mid-terms. trump may not make his next "election"...and his message of "inclusion" won't be any better, we KNOW that...

  • watchulla
    watchulla Year ago

    So segregation should be ok so not to hurt Conservatives feelings. Interesting this dude is a plant troll.

  • Doodelay
    Doodelay Year ago

    "My view is that people who believe that everyone of those fights is worth picking is costing them. [These fights] come with price tags is my point." Yes, yes, yes. Couldn't agree more.

  • Doodelay
    Doodelay Year ago +1

    The only, and I mean the only advantage republicans have is the overly sensitive language that democrats push. They often don't resist their urge to pinpoint insensitivity when someone is causally speaking, and it's gotten to the point where we aren't allowed to speak casually anymore without being mischaracterized by a "lib." Republicans embrace that democratic weakness and it's their only real advantage at this point. If dem voters ever get sick of the hyper sensitivity around casual conversation then it's game over the republican party. Cause that's their bread and butter.

    • Meeyo
      Meeyo Year ago

      Funny, because I see conservatives are just as touchy about their language. Just bring up the term racist, sexist, misogynist, etc. and watch them blow their cool. "Liberal" condescension is found all over the American political spectrum.

    • Boudicca
      Boudicca Year ago

      So you're saying that you're being called out on being insensitive by republicans?

    • Thomas Tran
      Thomas Tran Year ago

      doodelay ahh ok I understand now

    • Doodelay
      Doodelay Year ago

      Thomas Tran I said democrats are overly sensitive

    • Thomas Tran
      Thomas Tran Year ago

      doodelay are you saying republicans are basically sensitive to certain topics or things to say? if so then I think you have that mixed up buddy