American politics at its finest, folks...
The election of Donald Trump, though, proved that in the social media era, perceived “authenticity” is the most important thing, and that brings us to the part of Clinton’s “public/private position” that is relevant here. Within this idea also rests the notion that the personal beliefs of politicians might not and should not always be indicative of political action.
What our elected officials seem to forget is that we elect them to represent us, not to do whatever they want whenever they want. John Carman is a Republican official from Atlantic County, New Jersey—a county that voted for Clinton in the election and helped the state of New Jersey give her its 14 electoral votes.
Here’s the problem
Rather than hearing what his constituents were saying with their votes for Clinton or their fairly large participation in the protest, he was mocking them… Publicly. While I have no doubt that a man like Carman would have been mocking such a movement in private 30 years ago, the immediacy of social media has shifted the responsibility of elected officials to appear to consider that, on some issues, their voters might not agree with them personally. This is the problem that we now face.
It’s a double edged sword, because no one wants to think that our politicians are saying one thing to our face and another behind our backs, but at least the traditional model forced politicians to think about the other point-of-view at least a little bit before commenting on it. It doesn’t seem like much, but at least it forces some consideration of issues that may not be their top priorities.