Everyone telling Democrats to stop playing identity politics is clueless

How exactly do you think Donald Trump got elected?

No one can escape identity politics.
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Since Donald Trump managed to secure an Electoral College victory despite getting a couple million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, Democrats have heard one piece of advice from all sides: Enough with the identity politics!

Liberals like Bernie Sanders have said it. Conservatives have crowed it. In The New York Times, scholar Mark Lilla writes that "One of the many lessons of the recent presidential election campaign and its repugnant outcome is that the age of identity liberalism must be brought to an end." If Democrats are going to appeal to those lionized white working-class voters, they'll have to stop focusing on the identity politics involved in defending the rights and enhancing the opportunities of African-Americans, Latinos, women, gay people, and all the other groups that make up the Democratic coalition.

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