Short skirts and MAGA hats: They were asking for it

For what it’s worth, I didn’t vote for President Trump, and I probably won’t again. (Legalize weed and start to play hardball with the healthcare cartel, and then we’ll talk.) But to view someone’s mere support of a fairly elected president of the United States as sufficient evidence that they deserve to be publicly shamed, “doxed,” and harassed is downright dangerous for the future of democracy. It’s possible to oppose this president and think him personally unethical (as I do) and yet still understand why good people might support him and his policies — perhaps even enthusiastically. Opposing Trump and remaining civil toward his supporters should not be mutually exclusive.

Yet here we are. The same society that continues to blame women for their own rapes based on their clothing or alcohol consumption now blames children for the public harassment they receive for wearing the red hat. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but you can farm more retweets with public shaming than with a reasoned explanation for why a Trump fan should reconsider their support.