Great Job, Internet!: Trump fans and critics are respectfully connecting on Reddit, of all places

When most people think of Reddit, “civilized dialogue” isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. “Screaming hordes of racist 15-year-olds shit-posting Pepe memes and doxing women who dare express an opinion on the internet,” maybe, but not respectful communication. Despite the improved moderation, tons of useful threads, and popular AMAs that have helped the site shed some of its negative connotations, there’s a ways to go before the wider world doesn’t see posting there as throwing chum into swirling waters of hungry troll-sharks.

And yet, one of the only places for thoughtful discussion between Trump supporters and critics has sprung up in a subreddit, and it is actually managing to flourish. The r/AskTrumpSupporters site defines itself as a place for people who don’t support the president to ask questions of those who do, in a civil manner. For anyone who’s ever looked …

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