On December 24, the Trump campaign released a list of arguments for supporters to employ against their liberal “snowflake” relatives this holiday season. We, the Yale College Democrats, wanted to take this chance to equip our fellow “snowflakes" to respond intelligently and accurately. 

What follows is an intentionally unemotional (per Trump’s request), solely-factual list of rebuttals to the arguments offered on the campaign’s website. It intentionally avoids discussion of Democratic ideas or positions (on which many of us diverge) and instead focuses on refutation – something that can be surprisingly challenging when faced with big numbers and sweeping statements. We sought to give credit to the president where credit is due, modeling honesty that we hope for our political adversaries to emulate.  

Because we keep our rebuttals direct and contained, we do not even begin to touch on the character of the President, the extent of his racist, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric, or the damage that he has done to American institutions. We would be remiss not to remind you of just a few of those innumerable offenses here:

The President has lied. Over 15,000 times, according to some reports. He has created a world of “alternative facts” and “fake news.”

The President has bullied -- everyone. He has derided and disrespected children (“Greta [Thunberg] must work on her Anger Management problem”); women (“grab ‘em by the pussy”); individuals with disabilities; war heroes (he said of John McCain, “I like people who weren’t captured”); and other nations (“shithole countries”).

The President has sowed discord and welcomed white supremacy. In the wake of clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, he famously said that there were “very fine people on both sides.” He has also encouraged police violence and his administration has threatened communities protesting police misconduct. 

The President has undone progress on women’s rights, gender equality, and civil liberties. He reversed an Obama-era policy in order to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. 

The President has undermined trust in American institutions, attacking judges, the FBI, and Congress.  

 

And the list goes on. The point is: the damage of this Presidency goes far beyond the quantifiable; it is hard to put into numbers the erosion of civil discourse or trust in our institutions. So we have tried to respond to Trump’s arguments on his own terms – engaging with his numbers and claims. Though it is by no means exhaustive, we hope the guide that follows provides you with a helpful starting point for conversation.

 

Happy snowflake season from the snowflakes themselves,

The Yale College Democrats.

 
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