Tuesday, Joe Berkowitz announced a call-to-action for everyone with a pro-Trump family this Thanksgiving: “consider making life hell for a few of your relatives.”
“It’s time to ruin your Trump-supporting family’s Thanksgiving — for America!” wrote Berkowitz.
“This year, if you’re headed home to a household that still thinks a sex-offending game show host in rapid cognitive decline was the best choice for a president, it is your civic duty to filibuster Thanksgiving,” he continued.
Berkowitz proposed three methods on how to ruin a pro-Trump’s Thanksgiving.
First, he suggested to anyone who hates Trump to isolate himself from the Trump-supporting family this holiday.
“For some parents, your absence will speak louder than any sodden arguments over the density of pumpkin pie,” Berkowitz said. “If you can’t even look them in the eye, they’ll know you mean business.”
And for those who have the patience to spend the holiday with their Trump-supporting family, he suggested to show up and be a “kind of an asshole.”
“No hugs; only stiff, formal handshakes. During the football game, talk about police brutality nonstop. Take any opportunity to emphasize just how much Bruce Springsteen and the entire E Street band loathes Trump,” Berkowitz said.
And for the ones who are filled with “righteous fury,” he suggested going full-on “scorched earth.”
“Not even a handshake; just stare, disgustedly, at their outstretched arms,” Berkowitz stated.
Berkowitz claims these methods are “more than just spite,” but is also “about potentially chipping away at the ~35 percent of un-budging Trump supporters.”
“Having a son or daughter loathe everything you’ve become is easier long distance; it’s another thing when that kid is staring turkey-carving daggers at you from across the table.”
Anyhow, Berkowitz methods are vain, since a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows that the majority of Americans prefer not to talk about politics this Thanksgiving.
The survey shows that 58% of Americans “dread the thought of having to talk about politics at Thanksgiving dinner.”
And Twitter users were divided on this matter, with many saying his advice was insignificant, and others saying he did nail it.
GQ urges its child-adult readers to trash Thanksgiving dinners. https://t.co/ST2U2P9y8s I'm not sure that tantrums are a good way to show the in-laws that progressivism is good for the children.
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) November 22, 2017
GQ telling kids not to show up at Thanksgiving dinner if their parents voted for Trump and that’s not all. This magazine has serious Trump Derangement Syndrome. Ruin holidays due to voting that happened a year ago? They need meds. Get some help. https://t.co/hCvqUameUC
— Łõdüv💙 (@LoDuv) November 22, 2017
I never go home for Thanksgiving. But if your family interactions have felt different or awkward because you have relatives who voted for Trump, try to take comfort in the fact that it fucking SHOULD feel different and awkward. https://t.co/fvz29K22fd
— Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) November 22, 2017
— Preeti "Emperor PalPREEtine" Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) November 21, 2017
Berkowitz ended his piece by saying that this Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to ruin a pro-Trump holiday.
“If your family is unmoved after a ruined Thanksgiving, though, that’s fine too,” he wrote. “After all, next year’s Thanksgiving falls just after the 2018 midterms, and if your true believer parents still feel the way they do now, you might ruin their holiday in another way.”
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