No hol­i­day for political talk, so­cial me­dia posts sug­gest

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Jeff Karoub The As­so­ci­ated Press

As Amer­i­cans feasted on turkey Thurs­day dur­ing the na­tion’s first ma­jor post-elec­tion hol­i­day, some took to so­cial me­dia to de­scribe the political gloat­ing, loathing and sub­ject avoid­ing they ex­pe­ri­enced around the Thanks­giv­ing ta­ble.

Face­book and Twit­ter posts, many even be­fore din­ner was served, re­vealed some peo­ple still strug­gling to come to grips with Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory and oth­ers ex­press­ing re­lief that his ri­val, Hil­lary Clin­ton, didn’t win.

Some ex­plained through posts and in­ter­views that cel­e­brat­ing a hol­i­day cen­tered on grat­i­tude and sus­te­nance pro­vided some heal­ing of di­vi­sions, even if just tem­po­rar­ily.

CRI­SIS AVERTED

Sarah Lit­tle­field feared the worst as she pro­cessed the elec­tion re­sults and looked ahead to Thanks­giv­ing din­ner.

“If Trump wins b/c of Michi­gan, thanks­giv­ing with my Marx­ist Michi­gan­der grand­par­ents is go­ing to be so painful,” she posted on Twit­ter ear­lier this month.

But on Thurs­day, Lit­tle­field said things were go­ing more smoothly than feared when her lib­eral grand­mother and part­ner vis­ited the home of her in­de­pen­dent but con­ser­va­tive par­ents in Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia.

“There is a lot of com­mon ground — no one here found a per­fect can­di­date,” said Lit­tle­field, a 21-yearold who is study­ing Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and global stud­ies as a se­nior at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia.

Lit­tle­field said she voted for Clin­ton but doesn’t know how her par­ents voted “be­cause I don’t want to open that can of worms.” Her grand­mother and part­ner said they opted for Clin­ton, but Lit­tle­field said they don’t seem “most en­thu­si­as­tic.”

Lit­tle­field said the real con­cerns have in­volved din­ner it­self. Her fam­ily dis­cov­ered Wed­nes­day that the oven was bro­ken, so they bought a turkey roaster. This is also Lit­tle­field’s first Thanks­giv­ing as a veg­e­tar­ian, so, she said, “I’m mak­ing rice for my­self.”

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