In an Instagram Story video Posted late Tuesday night, the Democratic MK suggested she could avoid “contentious” family reunions with a humorous video to prove her human credentials.
Despite her joking tone and warning that it was a “bad idea,” an accompanying poll came out 94% in favor of her, with just 6% of votes against.
“Okay, I had a bad idea,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told her followers. “Here’s my bad idea. I know a lot of you are talking about controversy or – ‘interesting’, let’s call it – Thanksgiving dinner can be with some of your families.
“What if, for your uncle or a family member who thinks I’m a lizard person or something, I just sent you a video?”
“As you tell me your deets like a [Instagram] question or answer or something, and I’ll be like, ‘Hey so-and-so, I hope you’re having a great day. Lots of blessings. Bye Bye’.”
Thanksgiving dinners have become a regular cultural hotspot since the election of Donald trump in 2016, as young liberal Americans traveled from college towns or major cities to return to suburban or country family homes in a time of historically bitter partisan divisions.
A survey in 2017 found that 47% of Americans avoided discussing politics on Thanksgiving, 43% said they had a non-politics rule, 17% said they worried about it, and 12% said they changed their vacation plans to avoid family members. who wanted to debate politics.
This year, disagreements over rules and Covid vaccines could be an additional source of conflict. Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that vaccination status increasingly reflects party alignment, with the share of unvaccinated Republicans rising from 42% in April to 60% in October while the share of Democrats increased from 36% to 17%.