Political debate threatens Thanksgiving dinner peace

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(WTNH) — This year families everywhere might be serving up their turkey dinner with a side of tension. After one of the most controversial political years in history the debate rages on. The potential for it to hit the Thanksgiving table is big.

“I would definitely avoid the election. We have everybody voted all different ways in our family. It could be quite an exciting event,” said Sally Hass of North Haven.

Even before the actual holiday concerns over opinionated guests have some changing their usual guest lists.

“I just read yesterday online how people were saying they actually heard cases where family members being uninvited from the Thanksgiving meal because of the way they voted for the election. So, it’s just insane. It’s crazy,” said North Haven resident Christina Briner.

Clinical social worker Bruce Klein says the fallout from the election shows no signs of slowing down.

“It’s alarming how many people are coming in and talking about this and it’s now two and a half weeks since the election and it’s still on everyone’s mind,” said Klein.

If the holiday chat turns to politics Klein recommends proceeding with caution.

“Before you respond to someone is to let them know you kind of got it and heard what they were saying. You may not agree with them but at least let them know that you understand where they’re coming from,” said Klein.

Klein says hosts should know it’s okay to set ground rules before you sit down at the table. We found many people who say this year they’re telling guests to check their political opinions at the door.

“After all this election nonsense I think it’s time we just took a break from it,” said Cheryl McIntyre of Meriden.

“it’s not a place for it. Let’s forget about it. It’s, it’s very sad. Very sad it came to this,” said one man.

“There’s no point to fighting about it because Trump got in and that’s it,” said Ethel from North Haven.

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