|Above, Yuu Asakura and Armand in Culver City in 2010.|
Have you been cut off by a family member or a friend for being a supporter and voter of President-elect Donald J. Trump?
If you haven't, then you're lucky. As for myself, only one person has cut me off (see above photo), and she's a Japanese national and not an American citizen (as far as I know). It doesn't make sense. She started a Facebook thread on the election and one response contained a broad-brush attack on right-leaning people. I responded that the Clintons are corrupt. She went ballistic and started attacking me on the thread. I tried to soothe things over in private messages, but she would have none of it. Well, I tried. (I have other left-leaning friends, but we have a prior agreement that politics between us is a taboo subject, which is fine.)
National Review has an interesting article on this phenomenon. It is "Ten Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives".
They begin with:
Many Hillary Clinton voters have ceased communicating with friends, and even family members, who voted for Donald Trump. It is so common that the New York Times published a front-page article on the subject headlined “Political Divide Splits Relationships — and Thanksgiving, Too.”
The article begins with three stories:
Matthew Horn, a software engineer from Boulder, Colo., canceled Christmas plans with his family in Texas. Nancy Sundin, a social worker in Spokane, Wash., has called off Thanksgiving with her mother and brother. Ruth Dorancy, a software designer in Chicago, decided to move her wedding so that her fiancé’s grandmother and aunt, strong Trump supporters from Florida, could not attend.
To better understand why left-leaning people do this kind of thing and right-leaning people don't, read the full article, especially the ten reasons.
The Times acknowledges that this phenomenon is one-sided, saying, “Democrats have dug in their heels, and in some cases are refusing to sit across the table from relatives who voted for President-elect Donald J. Trump.” A number of people who voted for Trump called my show to tell me that their daughters had informed them they would no longer allow their parents to see their grandchildren. And one man sent me an e-mail reporting that his brother-in-law’s mother told him that she “no longer had a son.”
To read more, go here.