For many, the key to preventing alienation is not talking about politics in the first place. That’s how Arizona health care worker Michelle tried to manage the situation in her family. She said her sister voted for Mr. Trump, but they agreed to never discuss it long ago and are best friends who speak daily.
“We are both, no, we are not going to do that,” she said. “I cherish her as my sister. We are really intimate.”
But she cried because she said she had to block her father, a retired manager of the manufacturing company, from email this fall. Asked. She asked not to use her surname because she feared that her relationship with him would be further compromised.
“I’m just sad,” she said softly, crying. “Because he was my father and he always helped me if I needed it. He was always there for me.”
Still, outside of Thanksgiving, she planned to wear a mask and meet him.
Many older voters said they grew up around family and friends who did not always agree politically, but their distinction was not so important to a person’s identity at the time. Politics wasn’t who you were, so they didn’t choose to fight over them.
Joe Wallace, 75, a retired plumber in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, who voted for Joe Biden, said, “This really doesn’t keep my family away.” He was puzzled by the sisters’ strong support for Mr. Trump, but said he had never talked to them about it. “It’s not worth it.”
Will the relationship be healed now that Mr. Trump is no longer president? Almost everyone interviewed for this article who experienced a dropout said they didn’t think so — at least soon. Estelle Moore, a retired flight attendant in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, said we seemed to see each other unexpectedly. But we couldn’t see them because we had.
The family was torn by politics. What’s happening to them now?
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