‘The fourth Thanksgiving of the Trump era is upon us’: Here’s WaPo’s take on arguing with relatives
OK, we’re starting to lose track; we’ve had guides on how to talk about President Trump and politics around the Thanksgiving table from the ACLU, a pro-abortion group, MoveOn, and The Atlantic — all left-leaning, of course. For some reason, conservatives don’t seem to see Thanksgiving as a compulsory gathering for political debate. It’s just like when the media makes an error — it’s always in one direction, and when Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s always the liberals telling us how to steer the conversation.
Now, at last, the Washington Post has weighed in, asking if we have yet learned to talk politics on this, the “fourth Thanksgiving of the Trump era.”
A turkey on the table and an elephant in the room https://t.co/193pCHVJxJ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 27, 2019
These are really getting tedious, but here we go:
Set aside, for a moment, its dark and dubious origins; Thanksgiving is supposed to be sacrosanct. We volunteer on Thanksgiving. We run 5K races for charity on Thanksgiving. We admire enormous parading balloons, for some reason, on Thanksgiving. Above all, we are thankful for one another on Thanksgiving.
Except when we’re not. Politics has always been there, the enormous elephant balloon in the room, threatening to disturb the culturally prescribed peace and fellowship by popping all of a sudden.
For plenty of families, Trump’s election stretched the skin of that balloon even tighter than usual. M. Keith Chen, a professor of economics at the University of California at Los Angeles, calls this “The Thanksgiving Effect.” After he endured a contentious family holiday in 2016, Chen says, he and Ryne Rohla, a doctoral student at Washington State University, decided to use the holiday “as a lens to try and understand the degree to which political polarization was degrading close family ties.”
Oh man, we have to set aside Thanksgiving’s “dark and dubious origins”? That’s awfully colonialist of the Washington Post.
— Motherly Incorrect 🥨 (@MomIncorrect) November 27, 2019
This has become the new Shark Attacks news cycle. This isn't a problem that normal people have. https://t.co/zQBKyxXD5F
— NeoN: Automataster (@neontaster) November 27, 2019
OH AN OPED ABOUT THE VERY REAL PROBLEM OF HOW TO HAVE AN ARGUMENT WITH YOUR FAMILY ABOUT TRUMP DURING THANKSGIVING NO WONDER THE MSM IS SO WIDELY RESPECTED A GRATEFUL NATION THANKS YOU https://t.co/XW4UnS1jac
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) November 27, 2019
Honestly, why do Dems love ruining the holidays?
“We know this is a time to be with family, but you MUST confront conservatives”
Piss off https://t.co/VtWYeE2KCT
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) November 27, 2019
Ok. This has been exhausted for at least the last 3 days. Get over WaPo. https://t.co/NwrlK43UKS
— INSERT DEVICE HERE…I'M ON IT! (@sabes84) November 27, 2019
The elephant in the room is the DC/NYC political media thinking they have any influence left while they keep writing these obnoxious think pieces. https://t.co/Ad2V0wNzC0
— Kris Kinder (@kris_kinder) November 27, 2019
Or maybe you can just give it a rest for one day and enjoy the holiday. Watch football, eat food, forget about politics for a day and spend time with your loved ones.
— Mike (@MikeGrosso26) November 27, 2019
That’s what it’s all about man
— Fat_In_Spanish (@MasterRedactor) November 27, 2019
— McMillan Man (@Swampdo01077548) November 27, 2019
articles like this are why Americans hate the biased liberal mainstream media propaganda hacks #EnemyOfThePeople
— Leonard Dye (@PutterX) November 27, 2019
Or how about don’t act like a douche for at least one day.
— Mary Sammons 🦋🌸✝️ (@MarySammons15) November 27, 2019
Your family doesn't invite you home for Thanksgiving anymore, do they?
— Ordy's Amish Turducken Ranch (@OrdyPackard) November 27, 2019
You act like 49.5% of America didn’t vote for this dude. You guys suck. The only elephant in the room are the turd ass liberals who can’t go a day without being miserable. At least 5 more years, losers.
— New Conservative Movement (@NeoIndyCon) November 27, 2019
Yes acting like an ass and ruining the holidays always changes hearts and minds . Full speed a head dipshits.
— Germanic (@Scottho89953417) November 27, 2019
Piss off. I love my heritage. I love my county. I love Americans.
Does that offend you? Too bad. Be offended… it won't kill you.
— Polar Opposite (@Genuine1mpostor) November 27, 2019
Barack Obama suggests considering a more scientific approach ‘before arguing with friends or family around the Thanksgiving table’ https://t.co/DeUWw4xY2C
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 27, 2019