Should You Discuss Politics at Thanksgiving? Twitter Weighs In

Published 11-20-2018

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Across the country, folks are packing their bags and traveling by plane, train and automobile to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday. And in addition to eating perfectly roasted turkey and heaps of stuffing, that means one thing: Families are coming together. And while that's typically a good thing, in an increasingly divided world, when certain topics come up, things can get uncomfortable. So should you talk politics at Thanksgiving dinner? Twitter users raised the debate, and as usual, they had opinions.

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NPR Politics posed the question: "Will you and your family talk politics over turkey? Or will you avoid it completely?" And the answer seemed to depend on whether or not families agreed on the state of the nation's elections and leaders.

Are you heading home for Thanksgiving? Will you and your family talk politics over turkey? Or will you avoid it completely? 🦃Tweet us and let us know how your family approaches politics at the dinner table. 🍽

- NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 19, 2018

"We don't talk politics cause we came to eat and have fun not argue/debate the entire night," user @psych96 responded. Meanwhile, Sue Kerr said her relatives usually bond over their shared beliefs.

We don't talk politics cause we came to eat and have fun not argue/debate the entire night.

- jonathandiaz (@psych96) November 19, 2018

Our usual gang of relatives are all like-minded albeit ranging from moderate Democrats to very liberal. Talking politics at the holidays is a way to bond, to feel the comfort of like-minds, to acknowledge the big bad world while appreciating our companionship.

- Sue Kerr (@PghLesbian24) November 19, 2018

Other Twitter users had one simple answer: Politics and pie do not mix.

"Here is the 'Todd Probus Guide for Discussing Politics at Your Family Thanksgiving Meal': 1. Don't," Todd Probus tweeted.

Here is the "Todd Probus Guide for Discussing Politics at Your Family Thanksgiving Meal":1. Don't.

- Todd Probus (@tprobus) November 19, 2018

So unless you're confident you and yours can bond over politics, etiquette does dictate that discussing controversial topics is a big no-no. So maybe change the conversation when things get tense and talk about sports or food instead. And while you're avoiding politics at Thanksgiving dinner, maybe avoid these other offensive comments as well.

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