For the Left, Donald Trump has pretty much ruined their entire lives, so it should be no surprise they feel he has ruined national holidays, as well.
In a Thanksgiving special, Politico reveals “How Donald Trump Ruined Thanksgiving” by using data compiled by two economists, Keith Chen of UCLA and Ryne Rohla of Washington State University. Using SafeGraph, which tracks cellphone data, the men found that “politically divided families spent on average 20 to 30 minutes less time around the dinner table in 2016 than they did in 2015.”
“That added up to a loss of 62 million person-hours of Thanksgiving time across the country—and specifically, the authors estimated, a loss of ’27 million person-hours of cross-partisan Thanksgiving discourse,’” the report noted.
Tracking cellphone usage data, the two economists were somehow able to conclude that the location pings they were tabulating equated to angry family members leaving a contentious dinner table. This ridiculous, and wholly unscientific, conclusion was called “demoralizing” by Joel Kotkin, an “urbanist and social geographer.” And Politico is on board:
The “demoralizing” nature of last year’s election cycle might be the one thing on which partisans around the table can agree, and that’s not just on Trump—both candidates carried historic unfavorable ratings. Only one candidate, however, could inflame tensions on both sides by the sheer mention of his name alone. With emotions running the gamut from elation to dread in the first few weeks after his shocking victory, Trump seems to have given many people a reason to avoid breaking bread with their political opposites.
Or perhaps people had a nice meal and left to get in the Black Friday lines. None of us was actually there and a person's location doesn't necessarily equate to their current mood.
But to Politico, Chen and Rohla’s study was “pioneering in its quantitative approach.” The online magazine apparently feels that families have always gotten along until Trump became president and that until 2016, Thanksgiving dinner has been an argument-free event for most families (which it probably is), but it just couldn’t help seeking the advice of an etiquette expert who said perhaps it’s time for everyone to “listen” to each other and start build bridges. (Which roughly translates to Trump-supporting family members shutting their trap.)
“It’s been a year now since one of the most shocking elections of our lifetime — one that left people with, frankly, real trauma,” the expert said. “Maybe it’s time to start giving ourselves that [listening] challenge and see what we can do.”
Maybe it's time to stop saying "trauma" so much. You're offending people who have actually been traumatized.