The Real Trump Effect
Last updated 8/3/2020 at 2:56pm
In Sally MacMillan’s recent letter, she describes the “Trump Effect” based on a survey administered by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) “Teaching Tolerance” project. After detailing what sounds like a tidal wave of discrimination and bullying resulting from Donald Trump’s 2016 win, she finishes by asking “Do we want the Trump Effect wave of political and identity based harassment to continue to wash ashore by electing Donald Trump?” Her argument fails to hit its mark in two ways.
First, the Teaching Tolerance survey that she cites is suspect. In their report, “...