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When politics become too personal: What we didn’t talk about at Sunday dinner

John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

That quote was used by many in the media to excuse the violence in the Democratic cities in the summer.

But now, those in power and control of national politics, culture, the social media platforms and much of corporate media are making something clear.

They really don’t want to hear from the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump and who disagree with them. Instead, they condemn them. Or at least that’s what many of those 74 million people think.

And those who voted for Trump aren’t eager to hear from the 81 million who voted for President-elect Joe Biden.

My aunts who brought out the sweets and coffee to settle us down at those family Sunday dinners have long passed.

They didn’t go to college. They read the newspapers for recipes, not punditry. But they knew firsthand what happens when politics becomes personal.


It’s unspeakable.

It’s what we didn’t want to talk about at those Sunday dinners when I was a boy.


(John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His e-mail address is, and his Twitter handle is @john_kass.)

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