Charlotte Alter’s Time magazine report on progressive activism heading into the midterms ignores key facts. It also takes a sexist approach in describing a political activist Carolyn Eberly as “an unlikely warrior” who “works at the local library, plays volleyball and wears her blond hair pulled back in a big clip.”
Even as Alter invokes “what 19th century French writer Alexis de Tocqueville called ‘the knowledge of how to combine,’” she also hypocritically doesn’t call out Eberly’s “otherizing” of her neighbors, writing that Eberly “began to feel uncomfortable around her neighbors who voted for Trump and around her volleyball friends who didn’t seem to care about politics,” before launching into a glowing profile of Eberly’s activism as a righteous warfare.
Alter reports on Eberly’s organizing event, without mentioning that calls to impeach the president are perceived as divisive and unhelpful and divisive–even by some Democratic leaders.
“Soon [Eberly’s] platoon will drive up in their minivans, leave their shoes at the door and get to work writing postcards in support of [Democrat Dan] McCready,” Alter writes. “They’re drinking a special cocktail for the occasion: a champagne-and-peach-juice drink called the Im-PEACH-ment.”
Alter fails to distinguish between the violent activities of Antifa and other leftist activists, including those who hospitalized Rep. Steve Scalise and a professor sponsoring a conservative speaker at Middlebury College. She also doesn’t mention calls to whip up mobs by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and former attorney general Eric Holder’s to “When they go low, we kick ‘em.” Instead, Alter paints a much more bucolic picture of Leftist activism and fails to distinguish violence that is condemned by President Trump.
“Some of these activists call themselves ‘the Resistance,’” Alter writes. “Trump and his allies call them an ‘angry mob.’ On the ground it’s just called participatory democracy. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers, allied with thousands of autonomous groups, are doing the grunt work of propelling their neighbors to the polls, using tactics tailored to their communities.”