MINOT, N.D. — Knee-jerk, reactionary accusations of racism are not the reason why our nation’s politics are so dysfunctional.
But they are a reason.
Baseless claims of bigotry have become so pervasive that they allow actual bigotry to flourish in their shadow.
That’s the danger of this sort of “crying wolf,” anti-Trump conservative Charlie Sykes argues .
For the last several decades, accusations of racism have become a rote part of left-wing politics. If you oppose liberalism you’re a racist, at least in the minds of many of our left-wing friends, which means honorable Republican political figures such as John McCain, Mitt Romney, and George W. Bush have been portrayed, at various times, as racist, even though those men, today, have been rehabilitated in the eyes of many on the left given their opposition to Donald Trump and his movement.