GQ Magazine Urges Readers to Ruin Thanksgiving for Trump Supporting Relatives

GQ Magazine Urges Readers to Ruin Thanksgiving for Trump Supporting Relatives

I’m sure Joe Berkowitz of GQ is just an absolute treat to have over for Thanksgiving. He only wastes one sentence before diving into his advice: it’s a-okay to ruin Thanksgiving, as long as the people whose day you’re messing with is a Trump supporter!

He gives some terrible advice after spending a sixth of the article crying about how he and his wife are Hillary supporters, but they were forced to spend last year’s Thanksgiving with his “deep red territory” family in Asheville, North Carolina, where he was traumatized by the number of MAGA hats he was forced to gaze upon, which upset his delicate New York City sensibilities. He even throws his parents under the bus in this article, saying that his father told him that he was encouraging everyone to avoid talking about politics and that he had invited a big Trump supporter to the table to join them in celebrating. He had difficulty containing himself, but this year he is going full-out against the “sex-offending game show host” that is Donald Trump with this advice to diners:

First, he says, if you’re invited to a pro-Trump dinner, don’t show up. Just abandon your family, who will surely see the light and start worshiping the Clintons.

Or, if you must show up, you should “be kind of an a**hole” and interrupt their nice day by being a massive jerk.

Then, he suggest the most childish thing of all:

“During the football game, order 10 Papa John’s pizzas—the official foodstuff of the alt right… Refuse to be alone in a room with your mom, citing the Mike Pence rule. Call your parents by a Donald Trump nickname of your choosing—perhaps Little Rocket Mom or Liddle’ Dad. Insist on setting a place for Robert Mueller, the way Jews do for Elijah on Passover.”

Nowhere in the article does the author bother to admit that perhaps it’s fine to pull in your claws for a few hours and remember why you love your family and friends, to just enjoy the turkey and have a drink of wine while watching the Parade. He says that this is about spite and it’s about “chipping away” at the percentage of people who support Trump. If someone is watching football, don’t chime in about anthem protests, mostly because you’ll lose that argument. If your niece is wearing braids, don’t yell about native cultural appropriation.

Unfortunately, it seems like having a nice Thanksgiving only works if you have hobbies to discuss outside of being angry about politics and if you are able to love a person despite having a few disagreements with them. I’d say that a large part of the hate towards Trump supporters by the left has to do with the left’s insistence that Trump supporters are all racist bigots. They’ve worked themselves up into a flurry of activity, convinced that the lies they made up must be true. After all, they read on Huffington Post that Trump supporters are literally Hitler, so it must be true, right?

Twitter has its own take on the official rules for Thanksgiving… be civil.

Margaret M.

Internet Specialist at Warfare Media.

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