New York­ers, Ac­cept Free­dom of In­ges­tion

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It takes a re­ally frus­trat­ing elec­tion run-up that leads peo­ple to spec­u­late whether a nom­i­na­tion — or even the en­tire elec­tion — could hinge on how a can­di­date deals with a flat­bread with tomato, cheese and other top­pings, aka a pizza. Call­ing it Piz­za­gate may im­bue the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion hope­ful John Ka­sich’s culi­nary in­frac­tion with a layer of se­ri­ous­ness, but haul­ing him over the coals for eat­ing a hot pizza with a fork is harsh. Es­pe­cially since his arch-ri­val Don­ald Trump has com­mit­ted the same faux pas with char­ac­ter­is­tic non­cha­lance. In any case, upon learn­ing from re­cent­lyre­vealed cam­paign sta­tis­tics that their for­mer Sen­a­tor and cur­rent front-run­ner for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion, Hil­lary Clin­ton has been fork­ing out large amounts of dough to or­der those clas­sic pies for her hun­gry team, New York­ers may hand the state’s del­e­gates to her as a re­ward. Maybe all true-blue New York­ers are jus­ti­fied in get­ting out­raged by any dis­re­gard for this revered cul­tural prac­tice and the in­ci­dent de­serves to be put on par with the se­ri­ous gaffes western­ers usu­ally make in the tra­di­tion-bound re­gions of the world. But lib­eral and hip res­i­dents of the Big Ap­ple re­ally should not take it to heart if any­one — in­clud­ing White House hope­fuls — eat pizza with any­thing other than hands. It’s called Free­dom of In­ges­tion.

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