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Bluegrass State blogger Bruce Maples doesn’t get “why it’s always the Democrats’ responsibility to reach out and not the Republicans’.”

Maples, who runs Louisville-based Forward Kentucky, isn’t ready to offer unrequited tea and sympathy to Trump voters.

Neither is Wajahat Ali, a New York Times contributing opinion writer.

"But along with others who voted for Joe Biden, we are now being lectured by a chorus of voices, including Pete Buttigieg and Ian Bremmer, to 'reach out' to Trump voters and 'empathize' with their pain,” Ali wrote

I don’t think Buttigieg would have much luck winning many converts for Team Blue in my neck of the woods where "You can't be a Christian and a Democrat"

“This is the same advice that was given after Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory, and for nearly four years I attempted to take it. Believe me, it’s not worth it." 

A Muslim, Ali barnstormed the country, visiting a lot of Red States and making speeches "about how to build a multicultural coalition of the willing." 

What did Ali get for his evangelizing? "Listening to Mr. Trump’s base chant, 'Send her back!' in reference to Representative Ilhan Omar, a Black Muslim woman, who came to America as a refugee. I saw the Republican Party transform the McCloskeys into victims, even though the wealthy St. Louis couple illegally brandished firearms against peaceful B.L.M. protesters. Their bellicosity was rewarded with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention, where they warned about “chaos” in the suburbs being invaded by people of color. Their speech would have fit well in “The Birth of a Nation." 

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Concluded Ali: "We cannot help people who refuse to help themselves. Mr. Trump is an extension of their id, their culture, their values, their greed. He is their defender and savior. He is their blunt instrument. He is their destructive drug of choice." 

I'm with Ali, though I don’t doubt Buttigieg’s motives or sincerity. I would have voted for him had he been the Democratic nominee.

But I live deep in Trumpistan--rural, nearly 90 percent white, Bible-belt western Kentucky where the president pocketed two-thirds of the vote both times he ran. 

I don’t think Buttigieg would have much luck winning many converts for Team Blue in my neck of the woods where "You can't be a Christian and a Democrat" is an article of faith among many whites of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can't-stand-you persuasion.

Anyway, Ali still doesn't "need Trump supporters to be humiliated to feel great again." I don't either.

He wants the Trump faithful "to have health insurance, decent-paying jobs and security for their family" and not suffer. Agreed.

But Ali refuses "to spend any more time trying to understand and help the architects of my oppression." So do I.

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He "will move forward along with the majority who want progress, equality and justice for all Americans. If Trump supporters decide they want the same, they can always reach out to me. They know where to find me. Ahead of them." Me, too.

Berry Craig