The friendship ultimatum
Maybe it’s because the third collection of columns I’m currently putting together is all about Trump Derangement and the ResistanceLOL that this story caught my eye. When you’re working on an e-book that’s all about how insane the Left has become since the election of Donald Trump, it’s hard not to notice a sorry tale of another angry Leftist ending a friendship because Orange Man Bad.
“Think Progress” writer Zack Ford gave his longtime friend an ultimatum: “Either the MAGA hat goes or I go! Choose!”
And how did his friend choose?
Yup. She chose MAGA.
ICYMI, I included in my newsletter yesterday a brief personal essay about how a high school’s friends insistence on wearing a MAGA hat ended our friendship. I explain what the hat signifies to me and why it’s a dealbreaker in any meaningful relationship. https://t.co/NkcdMHeHMK— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) July 6, 2019
Poor thing. His life is so hard.
Notice how he blames the hat for the ending the friendship and not, well, himself.
Who gives someone an ultimatum over a freaking hat?!
A rational person would surmise thus: “A longtime friend of mine supports the President and wears a MAGA hat. So maybe I’ve been close-minded and prejudiced for thinking the worst of people in MAGA hats.”
But Zack isn’t rational.
As you can expect, things aren’t going his way on Twitter, however, He is getting ratioed back to the Crusades.
Frankly this now-former friend is better off.
Would you want this kind of insufferable prat in your life?
Let Zack live his life bitter and alone — with only fellow TDS-sufferers for company.
But who’s the intolerant one here? Seems to me this friend in a MAGA was able to overlook Zack’s anti-Trump derangement to remain friends. It was Zack who couldn’t rise above it.
Zack isn’t the one who comes off looking good here. Doesn’t he realize that.
He looks churlish, closed-minded, arrogant and petty.
You know, the telltale symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
“I can’t be friends with you if you wear that hat.”— neontaster (@neontaster) July 6, 2019
“Woah, you chose the hat over me???” pic.twitter.com/mRPfsyAE6c
I’m imaging this girl in a room with zack on one side & the hat on the other. Zack is calling her, & the hat is just sitting there ..like hats do.. and Zack pleads for her to pick him, and the hat is, again, just sitting there, and she chooses the hat. Zack crumples into a ball.— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) July 7, 2019
I’m going to screen capture his tweet. Something tells me Zack’s proud recounting of the friendship ultimatum is going to be quietly deleted now that most people (like his former friend) realize what a gormless dink he is.
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10 thoughts on “The friendship ultimatum”
Sadly I have a friend that I considered, under normal circumstances, to be a sane, smart, fun person.
During our last conversation I made the apparently unforgivable blunder of commenting on the then fairly new but ongoing trend of businesses and citizens bailing out of The Golden State for more realistically governed areas of the country. He shot back (changing into his leftist pants) that that was just “Republican propaganda”.
The balance of the conversation was a mix of his increasing distress that I would even consider the facts that I quoted regarding the California economy as facts and me attempting to steer the conversation elsewhere.
I have not heard from him since.
I miss him.
No, Matthew. You miss the “friend” you THOUGHT you had. Reality diverged.
This guy did you a favor.
I had a good friend that I had spent a lot of time with (we were both single, and while at one point I thought there might be something more than friendship it didn’t happen). Even when she married, we, with her husband and others, would go out to eat or have dinner at their place.
Once Trump was elected that ended (I guess she assumed I voted for Trump, which I did). Then recently we had a little flare up on Facebook (I commented on someone else’s post, she decided to comment, made a somewhat insulting comment that could be almost be thought of as calling me a racist (we were of different ethnic backgrounds). That’s been it. Whew, who knew that’s how she felt about me.
I also chose wisely. I had a friend for over 30 years. I’m in Virginia and she lives on the Left Coast and we get in touch through telephone, Facebook, and text messaging. I ignored her daily anti Trump rants on Facebook. The friendship ended when she demanded her Trump supporting friends to unfriend her. I left a comment saying “Sure.” and promptly unfriended her. She tried to reconnect with me but I blocked her.
I’ll be friend to Zack’s friend, the hat doesn’t bother me…..
I had a friend for 20 years that lived in England who went off the deep end when Trump was elected President. (How that would possibly affect her, I had no clue, but whatever…)
Suddenly, because I said Trump supported the positions I have always had (stop illegal immigration, lower taxes, support national defense, America first) suddenly I was a racist, sexist, homophobe with whom she cut off all contact.
TDS is real, and it’s more debilitating than cancer.
I have a family member and his wife that are purple-haired liberals, and ever since Trump was elected, I have heard zero from either one of them. Apparently, at another get-together, they were at our other family member’s house, and Trump was brought up accidentally, and both of the libs were visibly uncomfortable, but kept their mouths shut, and showed their displeasure by pouting and showing all sorts of childish passive-aggressive signals.
I’ve thought about reaching out to them ever since 2016, but have held back, as I think I like it better this way actually.
Yeah, basically if someone gives ultimatums about petty issues, dump them because they exposed themselves as being petty, and they will just dream up 100s more.
My sister and her husband live and work in one of the most Liberal/Left Wing areas of Toronto. As a matter of fact, he writes columns for a major newspaper that is as Left Wing as the come. I can barely bring myself to read his columns. I, on the other hand, am a strong Trump supporter. We get together 3-4 times a year and we have a blast. Our ground rules are simple – no politics, no religion. There are so many other things to talk about that we all have in common. We usually have a couple of drinks, some fine food and by the next morning, my stomach is sore from laughing.
It can be done.
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