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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 10:16 AM

Christmas with a Trump supporter.

Today, I'll be attending my family's Christmas. And there will be a young man there who is currently dating my niece.

He's a full blown Trump supporter and I'll be treating him as an equal on this day.

It is hard. But, just the other day, I was blessed with an epiphany. One of my next door neighbor's, I recently discovered was a Trump supporter. I drove by their house one day and saw a Trump sign in their garage.

But yesterday, that family happened upon my doorstep. Just to say "Merry Christmas" and give us a box of homemade cookies. We had just met them the day before and, through the spirit of Christmas, they were generous to a stranger.

Who's to say what would have happened if I were a minority? We'll never know.

But today, like the soldiers in WW2, I'll be laying down my arms in the interest of humanity and kindness, just like the Christmas spirit, and I will be gracious.

Merry Christmas DU.

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Reply Christmas with a Trump supporter. (Original post)
retrowire Dec 2016 OP
no_hypocrisy Dec 2016 #1
mainer Dec 2016 #2
femmedem Dec 2016 #3
PlanetBev Dec 2016 #4
doc03 Dec 2016 #5
greymattermom Dec 2016 #6
oberliner Dec 2016 #7
Lucky Luciano Dec 2016 #9
oberliner Dec 2016 #11
paleotn Dec 2016 #22
oberliner Dec 2016 #28
safeinOhio Dec 2016 #8
Va Lefty Dec 2016 #10
La Coliniere Dec 2016 #15
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2016 #20
SammyWinstonJack Dec 2016 #17
Buckeye_Democrat Dec 2016 #12
mountain grammy Dec 2016 #13
lambchopp59 Dec 2016 #14
Blue Idaho Dec 2016 #16
nolabear Dec 2016 #18
ihaveaquestion Dec 2016 #19
OldYallow Dec 2016 #21
msongs Dec 2016 #23
MFM008 Dec 2016 #24
Jim Beard Dec 2016 #25
Hekate Dec 2016 #26
retread Dec 2016 #27
kimbutgar Dec 2016 #29
barbtries Dec 2016 #30
milestogo Dec 2016 #31

Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 10:25 AM

1. We have to find commonalities, keep relationships viable if we're going to return

democracy to this country. They will follow us as easily as they followed Trump if we continue to reach out to them.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 10:26 AM

2. Some Trump voters are civilized

But others -- like the "Christian" who said she hoped I have the worst Christmas ever just because I support the Rockettes who don't want to dance for Trump -- just can't be civil back.

Btw I responded by wishing her a joyous Christmas.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 10:31 AM

3. We'll never persuade anyone with hate.

Just as a gift of cookies makes it easier to be friends with Trump supporters, so too will your graciousness help this young man not dismiss Democrats as the enemy.

Merry Christmas! I hope many follow your example.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 10:35 AM

4. Beautiful post, Retro

Remaining civil in these times is a challenge, but somehow we have to do it.



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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:09 AM

5. What if he starts bragging up Trump Making

Merika Great Again and won't shut up? Good luck and Merry Christmas

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Response to doc03 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:24 AM

6. Just say you're worried about something

like how you will afford to retire without social security or medicare
like how your relative with type 1 diabetes may have to move to another state to afford insulin

just make it personal and say you're worried.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:28 AM

7. You should treat him as an equal every day

 

Not just Christmas.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:40 AM

9. Trumpeters are beneath contempt.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:46 AM

11. You are talking about 60 million people

 

Being kind to those with whom you disagree is a virtue, in my opinion.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 01:22 PM

22. Yes,

graciousness is a virtue, but they're still beneath contempt. Like those nice, regular folks who voted for the National Socialist Workers Party in 1930's Germany. A fatal mistake. Lets hope this one isn't as fatal, but my opinion of them stays the same. There are just some things you can't gloss over in good conscience, no matter how virtuous it might seem.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 05:53 PM

28. 1930's Germany?

 

Come on.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:32 AM

8. S rozhdyestvom Hristovym!, Comrade

Just say that with no comment.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:44 AM

10. Your a better person than I am

I have nothing but contempt for them.

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Response to Va Lefty (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:12 PM

15. I'm with ya.

Luckily none of my significant others or immediate family members voted for Orange Carbuncle. On the other hand, first and second cousins, and a couple of aunts and uncles love the idiot and were proud and vocal about their support. My wife and I have declined two invitations to holiday parties where this group will be in attendance because we all love talking politics and I fear I will become quite aggressive and confrontational (not my usual laid back demeanor) in regards to their votes and opinions. As usual I would come with facts and they would come with Fox News talking points. My nerves are still too raw. Contempt? Hell yes!

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Response to La Coliniere (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 01:13 PM

20. Orange carbuncle

that's a new one I'm going to have to remember.

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Response to Va Lefty (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:44 PM

17. Same here. Won't give them the opportunity to be sore winners with

Their in your face BS. Scew 'em.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 11:49 AM

12. Same here, I think.

My brother probably voted for Trump, but he never told me. I'd prefer to maintain a "Don't ask, don't tell" situation with him regarding Trump. At least he's not a loud-mouth about politics like many Republicans that I've encountered around here.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:00 PM

13. Thanks..

I'm really trying.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:04 PM

14. May I suggest:

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:27 PM

16. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

And check back with him in about six months. I suspect that by then - many Trumpers will have soured on that psychotic old bastard.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:46 PM

18. I like that. Love thy neighbor. Merry Christmas.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:57 PM

19. Mother in Law is a Trumpster and we're going there for dinner today

I'm going to try to be civil, but she's pretty volatile at times and I'm not sure how I'll react if she goes off.

In my head I'll calmly tell her what I think of that orange faced, autocratic, pussy-grabbing, putin lover, but who knows?

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 01:18 PM

21. My Family "Agrees" To Not Talk Politics

 

They are good people, and not racists, but "think different" as my brother in law says.

Still trying to find a way to bring them into the light......

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 01:52 PM

23. merry christmas. have some cookies. now get in the boxcar. nt

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 02:13 PM

24. Trying to be nice today

At least. Very grateful there are no dissenters to deal with at home.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 02:18 PM

25. It was the right wing media, specifically FOX news that always had an outrageous

 

news story about liberals just before Christmas for the specific purpose of having the highly anti liberal point of view.

Don't fall for their crap.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 02:21 PM

26. My philosophy, too

I've lived in detente with my politically-opposite neightbor for 3 decades, and I can still do it this coming year.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 03:19 PM

27. ALL the misery coming in the next 4 years is directly on their heads!!

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 06:04 PM

29. Your niece should be cautious with that guy

Sounds like he has no common sense if he''s an orange hitler supporter. Lack of judgement is not a good quality in a boyfriend or husband imho.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 09:08 PM

30. Well the way i look at that is

I won't start anything. i've already been censored at the company holiday party when a guy at our table made a comment about the NYTimes that could have been lifted directly from a trump tweet. i held my tongue but i doubt if anyone at the table was unaware of my disgust.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 09:13 PM

31. A Trump supporter I know announced at a family Christmas gathering

that Michelle Obama is a "tranny".

Hate doesn't take a day off on Christmas.

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