Tu Quoque, the Appeals to Hypocrisy

North Dakota State University student Adam Novack along University Drive early Election Day morning, cheering as a passing car honks in support of President Donald Trump. "I'm getting more honks than anything. It will be a Trump landslide," Novack predicted. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — American politics have become a race to the bottom.

It doesn’t matter who you blame for it — Donald Trump or Nancy Pelosi, Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow — it’s not going to end well for us unless we pump the breaks.

Last week, as it became clear that Joe Biden had won the election, I wrote a column urging our liberal friends not to spike the football.

Our nation is hurting.

We are divided.

The last thing we need is a bunch of sore winners setting a tone of acrimony and resentment for the next four years.

But why shouldn’t we dunk on the Trumpists? That’s how my liberal readers responded, pointing to the Republicans who gloated after Trump’s narrow victory in 2016 sent Democrats into paroxysms of rage.

Is that your standard of behavior now, my liberal friends? How Trump’s followers behave?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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