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Trump fan struggles to cope at work

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I'm a Trump fan.

I just started a new job.

Every single TV at work is playing CNN. Even though FOX (three times the ratings), and MSNBC (two times the ratings) have more followers.

I knew this coming in. However, now I have heard one teammate consistently speak up against Trump.

I, like many conservatives, have a hard time rebutting him, not because of any physical reaction, but because it could hinder my position within the company.

How should I handle this situation?


-- Peter

Dear Peter: First of all, unless you work in media, I don't see why it is necessary to have any television on at work. But you don't seem to object to the television itself; you just don't want to watch the news.

Throughout time, people (women, or people of color, for instance) have been forced to suck it up and keep their opinions to themselves at work, if their views were in opposition to bosses or more powerful co-workers. You are now experiencing what it is like to be quiet on the outside, but pretty loud -- inside your head.

The workplace isn't the place to discuss politics. Topics at work should be confined to work-related matters and benign personal interchanges about vacations, sports scores and the most recent episode of "Game of Thrones."


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