White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was criticized Wednesday for tweeting a list of Thanksgiving “talking points” about the Biden administration to use when talking to “that uncle.”
In a play on the “conservative uncle” trope often deployed by liberals around the holidays, Klain offered his own advice.
“One last item for your Thanksgiving dinner: some talking points when ‘that uncle’ gets ‘on’ you about @POTUS,” Klain tweeted, along with a list titled “President Biden’s Best Accomplishments.”
The list includes “dealing with inflation,” lowering prescription drug costs and several bullet points about working with Republicans on infrastructure and the CHIPS and Science Act.
“Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are EXTREME,” reads the last item on the list.
CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham wrote, “Gawd, please don’t” in response to White House official Jennifer Molina’s tweet of the list saying “bring the receipts to Thanksgiving dinner!”
Real Clear Politics co-founder Tom Bevan highlighted parts of the list that emphasized the president’s work with Republicans, and also highlighted the last sentence calling Republicans “extreme.”
“Thanks, Uncle Ron,” said Chuck Ross of The Washington Free Beacon.
Eli Yokley, a senior reporter at Morning Consult, said Klain’s tweet was “quite an indictment of the state of our country.”
“Ask your uncle what has enchanted him about his years or what he has struggled with. Ask him what he is grateful for or what he strives for. Ask him what he wants for Christmas or if he wants have another glass of wine with you. Maybe just skip his views on the CHIPS Act or macroeconomic trends?” Yokley said in a follow-up tweet.
Jeremy Boreing, co-founder of The Daily Wire, also responded to Klain’s tweet, stressing that family is more important than politics.
“Family is more important than politics in almost every case you ghouls,” he wrote after listing “talking points” for when someone’s “crazy leftist aunt” brings up politics on Thanksgiving.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, RN.C., said the list “can also be used as kindling.”
Before Thanksgiving, Biden did the traditional thing pardon of two turkeysChocolate and Chip, Monday at the White House.
“First of all, the votes are in, counted, verified, no ballot stuffing, no ‘fowl’ play. The only red wave this season will be if the German Shepherd spills the cranberry sauce on our table.” Biden said at the ceremony.
Two turkey farmers told Fox News on Tuesday that turkeys would be more expensive this year due to rising fuel, feed and processing costs.
“We’ve seen huge increases in our input costs all the way,” said Kyle Scott, co-owner of Old Glory Farm in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. “Feed is the biggest thing, so we pay for one [Department of Agriculture]-inspected processor to process and pack our birds when they are ready and of course it is labor driven. It’s also more expensive.”