From Streets To Holiday Table, Post-Election Tension Persists

By Cynthia Miller
The Santa Fe New Mexican

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) It may be a very interesting Thanksgiving for families this year as post election tension bubbles up at tables across America.

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Monica Pompeo, an Española native who now lives in Albuquerque, received plenty of grief while campaigning for Donald Trump.

The election hasn’t eased matters. Drivers have flashed her the middle finger over her “Hillary for prison” bumper sticker, she said, and last week she got a searing look from a shopper at a Whole Foods store while wearing her “Vets for Trump” button — a gift from a military veteran who appreciated her campaign efforts.

Now she’s got the holidays to think of.

“Thanksgiving could be kind of interesting,” Pompeo said. She had planned to bring Champagne, but she’s certain her extended family won’t feel like celebrating.

Hundreds of reports of hate-filled incidents have emerged throughout the nation following Republican Trump’s surprising presidential victory Nov. 8 over Democrat Hillary Clinton, from Trump supporters harassing Muslims to anti-Semitic graffiti being scrawled on walls. But the post-election tension also is unfolding in more subtle ways: severe looks, uncomfortable conversations among friends and family members, and ire over continued displays of support for a candidate.

Alexis Deneau of Santa Fe said her car was egged two days after the election, and she believes it was because her vehicle sported a Bernie Sanders magnet. A Corrales woman said she was harassed for wearing a safety pin — what she called a quiet way of saying “you’re safe with me” to people who might be feeling fearful.

Such is America in the wake of one of the nastiest presidential campaigns in memory and an election that has left lingering shock and a fracturing of civility in many corners of society. The tension has prompted schools and government agencies to send out messages to students, parents and employees with guidance on how to navigate the range of emotions and hostilities being felt by both Clinton and Trump supporters.

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