15 Questions to Ask your Trump Supporting Friends and Family This Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year again, when friends and families gather around the table to eat turkey, dressing, and all the other fixings that go along with your typical Thanksgiving feast. Unfortunately, it’s also that time of the year when, even as much as many of us might try to avoid them, political debates, sometimes quite heated, flare up between friends and family.

So, in what’s become a bit of a tradition here at Forward Progressives, I thought I’d offer 15 questions that anybody who’s going to be talking politics can ask their Trump supporting friends and family members this holiday.

1. Considering that last year Trump called the monthly jobs reports fake, yet the numbers he’s now bragging about are basically the exact same, reported by the same agency using the same methods he once said were “phony,” doesn’t that show you that he’s more than willing to lie to you, while also treating his supporters like idiots, just as long as he feels doing so benefits him?

2. Doesn’t it say something to you about the dishonesty of Trump, and the GOP as a whole, that after literally spending years promising to “repeal and replace Obamacare on Day 1,” here we are, months later, with Republicans in full control of Congress and the White House, yet they can’t even fulfill that simple “promise”? Especially considering they know that if they actually follow through with what they spent years promising to do, millions of their voters (possibly even you) would instantly see just how much they benefited from the law they spent the better part of the last decade lying about?

3. Aside from signing executive orders (which doesn’t require him to accomplish anything other than signing his name) can you point out any major legislative accomplishment Trump’s had as he enjoys a Congress where both houses are controlled by his party?

4. If Barack Obama ordered an “election commission” assembled that (without any real oversight or backing from Congress) was trying to order states to turn over personal, private voting information — including full names, birthdays, last-four digits of Social Security numbers, and complete voting history for the past decade — would you truly be okay with that?

5. If the GOP is the party of “fiscal responsibility,” then why hasn’t a Republican president balanced the budget since the 1950’s? And you can’t blame Democrats for this considering Republicans have controlled most (if not all) of Congress for the majority of the last quarter century.

6. Don’t you find it odd that, of all countries, Russia is the only one which so many of Trump’s associates seem to have gone out of their way to contact secretly?

7. Are you really going to claim that if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton refused to release their tax returns; had numerous people around them caught secretly communicating with Russia; bashed U.S. intelligence reports that indicated Russia was behind a cyber attack against the GOP; was “elected” despite losing by 3 million votes; fired the head of the FBI for not putting an end to an investigation into their campaign; tried to obstruct justice by trying to get the now former head of the FBI to end an on-going investigation; and frequently lashed out at the congressional investigations into whether or not they might have committed treason… you’d be okay with all of that?

8. Do you not notice the pattern of Trump defending sexual predators he views as “friends,” while criticizing those he doesn’t? Are you really going to claim that all the women who’ve accused Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Roy Moore (an estimated 35-40 combined accusations, some with multiple people backing up the accounts), are all liars?

9. When history looks back on this time in our country, do you really think future generations are going to look back fondly upon those who supported and defended a man who mocked POWs, called a Gold Star widow a liar, defended some Nazis and white nationalists as “fine people,” spent nearly every day playing himself up as the victim on Twitter, and endorsed a child molester?

10. How many Russian ties to his administration and campaign, and people caught lying about meetings with Russian officials, would it take before you at least entertain the idea that these might not simply be a bunch of “coincidences”?

11. If Russia didn’t help him get “elected” by launching a cyber attack against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, then why did Trump frequently cite the information that was stolen to attack her before the election? Are you saying Trump brought up this information multiple times every day during interviews and campaign rallies for no reason at all?

12. Can you cite a single instance where Donald Trump genuinely admitted he was wrong about something?

13. Be honest, had he not been caught on video bragging about grabbing women “by the p–sy,” but Billy Bush or someone who was there that day came out and said he made these statements, do you think Trump would have admitted he made those comments or would he have accused them of being liars and the media of pushing “FAKE NEWS”? And if you don’t think he would have confessed to saying such things without the video evidence, aren’t you admitting that he’s someone who’ll lie and slander people who tell the truth about him just as long as he feels he can get away with doing so?

14. Seeing as Trump was the unexpected winner of the presidential election, if “3-5 million” people did “vote illegally,” wouldn’t the results of the election indicate that he would have been the one who benefitted? There was only one true “massive upset” that didn’t go along with what experts predicted would happen, and that was Trump “winning.” Common sense would then dictate that if anyone “benefitted” from illegal votes that no one could have accounted for, it would have been those candidates who unexpectedly won — like Trump.

15. How can you claim to support veterans when the leader of your party has mocked POWs; used veterans as pawns to stage a political stunt after skipping out on a debate because he couldn’t get a moderator removed; spent months lying about how much money he raised for veterans groups; belittled the family of a fallen American war hero; said he was smarter than our generals; didn’t comment on a deadly attack that killed four soldiers in Niger until after the media called him out about it; lied about calling all the families of soldiers who have died while he’s been in office; told the father of a fallen soldier he’d personally send him a check for $25,000 — but never did until the media discovered his lie; and told a Gold Star widow her husband “knew what he signed up for” — then called her a liar when she publicly stated that he was disrespectful toward her husband during his phone call to her?

Will you get many answers to these? No, probably not. And the ones you do get will probably be absolutely ridiculous.

That said, the reactions to them should be interesting nevertheless.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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