So far, the smartest thing I've read about this election season was written by Christina Saenz-Alcantara, a "Chicana small-business owner, daily meditator and nonprofit advocate" on the Latino Rebels website.
"I will be taking a radical position as a leftie that we can listen to (Donald) Trump supporters to gain a fuller understanding of the stories driving their anxieties and anger," Saenz-Alcantara wrote in March. "Not listening is part of what is driving voters away from messages of equality and pushing them towards the Trumps of the world."
Her words rang in my ears in the aftermath of news reports describing violent anti-Trump protests in New Mexico. According to The Associated Press, demonstrators overturned trashcans, knocked down barricades and threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, who, in turn, fired pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center. Authorities labeled the whole spectacle a "riot."