How to handle a political argument

Are your conversations about the elections turning into fights? Here's how an expert says you can talk politics without it getting heated.

Arguing with Loved One about Politics

Domestic Warfare

With the primaries and a pandemic occurring simultaneously, one may find themselves quarantined at home with friends or family. Often, this excessive quality time can lead to conflict particularly political. The main tips to remember are to be kind, use I-statements, ask questions, keep calm, and do not drink alcohol. Of course, the number one tip is to avoid political talk if possible since you would probably much rather catch up with each other in a more personal manner anyway.

“I definitely have a wish now. I wish that as a culture we can get to a point where we can talk about hard stuff and know that it's OK to disagree and that we we might actually, if we're able to be open to learn something from somebody else, that might shift our perspective in a certain way that makes us more effective, more vibrant, more, you know, people living from a full potential. That would be my wish to kind of across the board, whether it's a hard conversation about a relationship or a hard conversation about politics, to know that you can be brave and show up in these conversations that feel really vulnerable and really scary and you can do it well and stay grounded and not feel beat up at the end of it, that we can we can create these conversations that actually bring life rather than feeling destructive. That's my wish,” Dr. Wendy Dickinson, a licensed psychologist, tells Brut.

What’s currently happening in politics

As of March 11, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden leads the Democratic presidential primaries with 864 delegates while Senator Bernie Sanders trailing with 710 delegates. And, of course, Representative Tulsi Gabbard has 2 delegates from American Samoa. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate President Donald Trump is currently dealing with the public health pandemic that is coronavirus.


03/10/2020 10:02 AMupdated: 03/10/2020 2:19 PM


  • Christen R.
    12/01/2020 17:30


  • Michael S.
    11/17/2020 16:19

    Lets hear about the story of the Biden supporters marching in D.C. seeking out the elderly, and families to assault, beat, spit on, and smash em on their heads. Lets hear you denounce the violence, lets hear you CALL OUT Biden supporters for their Evil and violence... lets hear it! Oh? silence? if you are silent about it... then you are PART of it

  • Benjamin R.
    11/10/2020 16:23

    You have to draw a line of demarcation SOMEWHERE. “Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- "No, YOU move.” - Captain America

  • Neil W.
    11/10/2020 01:52

    If you can't accept that someone has a different opinion to yourself then you are by definition a BIGOT!

  • Liz K.
    11/09/2020 23:58

    You and I can differ politically no problem...but if you support Trump we don't have a difference of opinion-we have a difference of MORALITY.

  • LA M.
    11/09/2020 05:40

    F' that. You get the same energy you give me

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