Group A Person 1: But of course we did, since we all know that Group B Person 1 is a liberal!
Group B Person 1: How dare you? I demand an apology!
Group B Person 2: Well, technically, you are more or less functionally a liberal.
Group B Person 1: Don’t you get it? They meant that as an insult…
Group B Person 2: ???
Group A Person 1: LOL
Group A Person 2: LOL
Status: Group B Internalized values of the adversary. Co-opted!
Welcome to the futile dance of “the pejorative”, letting only the regressive faction frame the narrative. As contrasted against, for instance:
Group B Person 1: Damn straight, baby. More liberal than you can handle. And WTF are you going to do about it?