What do we owe Trump voters? Again, Longman makes the case that voting for Trump is not the same as voting for McCain or Romney or Dole. The decision to pull the lever for Trump must've been hard for some of them. As Jeffrey Medford says in the Times piece, they wanted a better Republican, but there wasn't one on the offing. The point of the moral outrage is that Trump was uniquely disqualifying as a candidate. Many people, including a substantial majority of those who cast their ballots, saw that Trump was uniquely disqualifying as a candidate. The idea that you could excuse what he was saying in order to justify lower tax rates or a Supreme Court judge or whatever the hell your rationale was...that IS morally offensive.
As Trumpistan unfolds before us, some of those who reluctantly voted for him are expressing their profound regrets. Fine, but you own this. Don't expect attaboys for unleashing Twittler on the world, just because you now regret doing it.
As for the Deplorables who continue to think he's doing a great job, (Can you get a load of the guy in this video?) there really isn't much that can be said or done. Some of them might sour on Trump if the economy craters, but right now, the Obama economy is humming along. A trade war or the killing of ACA might throw off some supporters, but Trump voters are uniquely invulnerable to facts and empirical evidence.
There is also the fact that Trump voters are largely the uneducated. Trump's popularity numbers are underwater with African Americans, Hispanics and Whites with college degrees. It is only whites without college degrees that still have a favorable opinion of him. Having a college degree doesn't make you intelligent, but it does - hopefully - open your mind up to more than one possible reality. Finally, Trump voters are older than the population as a whole. The actuarial table should take care of some of them over the next three and a half years.
I have little worry that if the election were re-held today, Clinton would win. Those suburban, college-educated Republicans who fretted over her emails would not be able to cast their votes for this tangerine-colored clown.
At least... I hope so.
UPDATE: Charlie Pierce, of course, says it better: