Today’s Must-Read: A Hillary Clinton campaign staffer attended the conservative convention CPAC, expecting to encounter angry, bitter, violent, close-minded “deplorables” and fearing she might not get out alive. Reality: she met a lot of very nice, intelligent people who welcomed her with open arms, introduced her all around, had discussions with her about gun control and education policy, and invited her to their parties. She found herself singing along to “God Bless the USA” and nodding in agreement occasionally to Ben Shapiro’s speech (now we know why Antifa is so terrified of letting Ben speak on college campuses). She couldn’t help wondering how a Trump supporter in a MAGA cap would have been greeted at a Democratic rally (I could point some out to her who could show her their medical bills). She left determined to work harder to burst media bubbles.
Let’s hope she can help break down some of the partisan stereotypes and animosity on the left, which is the worst I’ve ever seen it (admittedly, it’s pretty thick among some on the right, too). Social media has made it easier than ever to surround yourself only with people who think exactly like you, and that also makes it easier to assume the absolute worst about everyone outside the bubble.
I don’t believe that people are defined solely by their political beliefs, and I think we have more in common than we do things that separate us. That’s why I accept invitations to come on shows like “The Daily Show,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The View.” We may be diametrically opposed in our political views, but how can I ever hope to win anyone over if I refuse to talk to them?
By the way, I have an open invitation for prominent liberals to be guests on my TBN TV show. I even guarantee they’ll enjoy a warm welcome and a polite, civil conversation. I’ll let you know if any of them ever take me up on it.
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