While political disagreements among family members are nothing new, the rifts formed over the past five years feel different. In some cases, strongly liberal or conservative relatives went from having an unspoken agreement to avoid discussing politics, to declaring certain family members with opposing viewpoints “dead to them.”
The 2016 election exacerbated existing political polarization, galvanizing both sides throughout the duration of the Trump administration. It became more than getting annoyed with relatives who disagree with you on tax rates or healthcare plans. For some, it crossed the line into seeing someone who supported a particular politician or ideology as being morally flawed—to the point where a shared ancestry was not enough of a reason to continue to maintain a relationship.