I was part of the Obama movement in 2008, and I remember very well the reaction of folks on the right when he was elected. Who can forget the repugnant comment of Rush Limbaugh after Obama's victory: "I hope he fails." I thought then, and still think, that this was a disgusting and reprehensible comment, especially from someone who so ostentatiously boasts of his patriotism. My blood boiled with fury. And of course, as history demonstrated, Limbaugh's idiotic comments portended what would become official Republican policy for dealing with Obama: obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. Don't allow him to pass anything, not even a health care bill that looks exactly like a Republican health care bill. Any Republicans who had worked with Obama, and any who hadn't been sufficiently vitriolic and incendiary in not working with him, came under the attack of the Palin money machine, and soon lost their posts (exhibits A and B: Dick Lugar and John Boehner). As a result, the only piece of significant legislation to be passed during Obama's presidency was the Affordable Care Act. When Republicans blame the failings of the ACA on the Democrats, on the grounds that not one Republican voted for it, they forget that (A) the ACA was based upon the Heritage Foundation draft from the 90s, and (B) the Democrats wanted Republican input. Republicans refused, and after the death of Ted Kennedy, the Democrats lacked the Senate supermajority to make any changes to the legislation. Given the official Republican doctrine of obstruction, it was ACA or or no reform at all. This is not liberal propaganda, it is fact.
But here's the rub: we cannot recoil at these comments and behaviors when they come from the right, while celebrating similar behaviors on the left. We cannot trumpet the importance of tolerance and understanding, while burning effigies of the democratically-elected president-elect. We cannot push for sensitivity and inclusion, while chalking up the results of this election to the pernicious assessment that half of the electorate consists of illiterate, racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic bigots.
Bernie's words on this point were, I thought, spot on: "To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."