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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight: President Trump has proven to be a lightning rod the likes of which the world has never seen. He has consolidated the nation's political conversation in a way even former President Barack Obama could not. ... In 2014, 11 percent of Americans indicated that Obama was most likely to spur an argument. In 2017, that figure was 37 percent for Trump. The expectation that Trump would be the subject most likely to hijack Thanksgiving transcended party lines: We asked respondents if they considered themselves Republicans, Democrats or independents, and regardless of party affiliation, the most common answer in each group was still Trump.3 Just




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There used to be lots of apolitical things about which people could disagree. And there still are, but something about 2016 nationalized those distinctions, making them into cultural signifiers and in some cases weaponizing them politically. Blame it on whoever or whatever you want -- blame identity politics or blame Trump, you made your choice long before clicking on this piece. ...

Again, that's just a theory, but here's a rule of thumb: Don't mention the president for any reason whatsoever on Thanksgiving. Regardless of their personal politics, two out of five of the people sitting with you think the subject will start a fight and are already dreading hearing his name.


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It's interesting to note that the slang meaning for the name in question is "pedo" in Spanish.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-11-23 05:40 PM | Reply

At my table chances are we will say Trump is a fascist and that we will pass the mash potatoes and nothing more will be said about him because we all agree.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-23 06:43 PM | Reply

We had an uninvited party crasher (tagged along with a relative) who was a Trump motormouth and a Born Again Christian. No one was able to finish a sentence before he interrupted with biblical dogma to justify his vote for Trump. The highlight of the occasion was when he jumped up in a huff and stormed out of the house. The relative apologized for his friends behavior and the rest of the dinner (and the day) turned out perfect.

#3 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-11-24 05:40 AM | Reply

This was an odd thanksgiving.

We spoke little about politics because all the petty stuff didn't matter in light of our unifying view that Trump needs to go.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-24 04:42 PM | Reply

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