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‘Maybe You’ll Need To Report A Relative To The FBI!’ An Atlantic Writer’s Advice For Dealing With Conservative Family On Thanksgiving

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A Wednesday article in The Atlantic urged readers to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to “deprogram” their conservative relatives.

“Maybe you’ll plant the seed, sow just a little doubt about whatever Tucker Carlson is saying now,” Molly Jong-Fast wrote. “Or maybe you’ll need to report a relative to the FBI!”

Jong-Fast described Thanksgiving as an invariably disappointing day that does not live up to the “hallmark-movie fantasy.” Jong-Fast’s best Thanksgiving, she wrote, was the one she spent in rehab when she was 19.

The writer rejected the idea that Thanksgiving should be a time of niceties, gratitude and harmony. Instead, she argued, readers should turn the holiday into an opportunity to tell their “creepy uncle” to get the vaccine or tell their aunt that her news sources are biased and unreliable. Her readers may be the only ones to tell their anti-vax cousin that the vaccine won’t make her infertile, Jong-Fast explains.

She told readers that some of their family members likely “follow QAnon” and need to be educated at Thanksgiving about the COVID-19 vaccine’s safety or the authenticity of the 2020 election.

“I’ve done 43 Thanksgivings … I’m here to tell you Thanksgiving is terrible, and if you at least spend the time trying to deprogram your niece, you won’t be bored or depressed,” Jong-Fast wrote.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve seen writers from both sides of the political spectrum suggest using families gathering for the holidays as a time to “deprogram” their “wrong headed” relatives. I have dealt with such for going on 40 years and just ignore the attempts to politicize the gathering. I much prefer to just listen to others, catch up on what what has happened recently and, when I have the opportunity, to quietly re-arrange displays in the home of the hosting family members-Like changing a NOEL display to LEON!

  2. Miss Jong Fast should get deprogrammed from her liberal, Jewess, New Yawk provincial, entitled bullshite. Careful, Ellen your privilege is showing.

  3. What a sad, pathetic life Molly Jong-Fast must lead. Our family will not be reporting anyone to the FBI… in fact, we’re happily unvaccinated, unmasked and enjoying life. No china virus worries here. Thanksgiving — a time for giving thanks for all we have in life, Miss Jong-Fast — will be celebrated by our family wrapped in freedom. The turkey may cost more (thanks, brain-dead Sleepy Joe), but there’s no way Fauci will infect our gathering. #LGB #FJB

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