Are Liberals Too Intolerant?
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half (47 percent) of those who described themselves as “liberal” Democrats said their friendship would suffer with someone who favored Trump. Among white liberal Democrats, the figure is even higher, with over half saying that they would have trouble maintaining a friendship with someone who supported Trump.
"White Democrats and Democratic leaners are more likely than Black and Hispanic Democrats to say it is stressful and frustrating to talk to people with different opinions of Trump. About three quarters of white Democrats (74%) say it is frustrating, compared with 56% of black Democrats and 61% of Hispanic Democrats." See Referenced Article Below.
In contrast the amount of Republicans who say that someone’s vote for Clinton would strain their relationship was only 13 percent.
Adrian Vermeule, the Ralph S. Tyler professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, tweeted (see Reference below) that white college grads that identified themselves as liberal were “the least tolerant” in society. In essence they have no room for opposing political views.
Liberalism, he said, “makes an idol of politics,” thus, political dissent is looked upon as heresy. Surprisingly it is the Republicans that seem to have thicker skins, and more open minds. “The data show that Republicans are more politically tolerant,” Vermuele stated, because “politics isn’t as likely to be an idol [for Republicans]”
Currently, what we see today is this 'alternate reality' that is pieced together by the likes of CNN, the Post, MSNBC, and the like, which filters out anything that doesn't fit their viewpoint/politics from the news, while using every hyperbolic means at their disposal to slander every move Trump makes. Democrats live in this fabricated bubble and, therefore, are more hostile to contrary opinions. Even the Washington Post in a recent article said that “Democrats tend to be more insulated from dissenting political voices,” and therefore, “they don’t hear and don’t want to hear those voices coming from [opposing views even if they be from friends].”
Sadly I see this in some of my own family and friends, a near fanatical and sometimes emotional angst against anyone who does not support their position, and see how truly awful (to put it mildly for them) Trump is. The willingness to believe every terrible thing said or written about Trump (and by extension the Republicans, for they are they 'enemy' always and forever), as if it is gospel, as if the Democratic Party and those media sources supporting it, were to be taken on faith, and not to be questioned.