Link: Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

An interesting distinction here in the never-ending, multi-faceted, complicated debate over how much empathy is worth giving to Trump supporters —> “Understanding doesn’t involve approval. Empathy often does, which is why the pro-empathy crowd often make their case by saying that Trump voters aren’t all that bad: They are motivated by economic concerns, frustrated with the current system, and angry at being abandoned by those in power; many had voted for Obama and would have likely voted for Bernie Sanders, and so on. Empathy demands such emotional investment that this kind of defensiveness is almost inevitable. If it turns out that a Trump voter was motivated by racism, empathy is a much harder sell.”