Ali’s column, headlined “‘Reach Out to Trump Supporters,’ They Said. I Tried,” declared that the far-left pundit had given up and is finished trying to push them to the left. Ali noted that more than 73 million Americans voted for President Trump to win reelection and many have urged liberals to “empathize” with Trump supporters who are disappointed with the outcome.
“This is the same advice that was given after Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory, and for nearly four years, I attempted to take it. Believe me, it’s not worth it,” Ali wrote. “The Quran [sic] asks Muslims to respond to disagreements and arguments ‘in a better way’ and to ‘repel evil with good.’ I tried.”
Ali claimed that he “really thought it might work” because he’s talked his non-Muslim friends into avoiding “Islamophobic propaganda and conspiracy theories” in the past.
“I assumed I could win over some Trump supporters whose frustrations and grievances had been manipulated by those intent on seeing people like me as invaders intent on replacing them,” he wrote. “So in late 2016, I told my speaking agency to book me for events in the states where Mr. Trump won. I wanted to talk to the people the media calls ‘real Americans’ from the ‘heartland’ — which is of course America’s synonym for white [sic] people, Mr. Trump’s most fervent base.”