The guide, titled "A Handy Guide for Responding to Crazy MAGA Nonsense," provides talking points to counter conservative rhetoric on various topics, including immigration and the economy.
One particular slide in the guide addresses the claim that "Trump secured our border!" The suggested response is a straightforward "No he didn't," followed by a list of allegations against the former president, such as separating families, detaining children in cages, and leaving behind a broken immigration system for President Joe Biden to address.
However, the guide has faced significant criticism on social media. Many argue that it is inappropriate to approach family gatherings with the intention of starting political arguments rather than enjoying time together. Republican digital strategist Alec Sears expressed his disapproval, stating, "Democrats literally publishing a script of how to be the worst person at Thanksgiving." Podcast host Siraj Hashmi echoed this sentiment, questioning the need for political talking points during holiday encounters with loved ones. Author John Durant went further, suggesting that preparing such talking points is a sign of mental illness and urging individuals to show maturity or change the subject.
Critics have also accused the Biden-Harris campaign of spreading propaganda. Conservative radio host Jason Rantz described the guide as "gross" and accused the campaign of putting out scripted propaganda to defend their agenda. Doug Powers of Twitchy compared the campaign's actions to the tactics employed by North Korean state media, suggesting that the level of gaslighting is extreme.
Congressional Republican candidate Joe Kent summed up his thoughts on the guide, describing it as a thread that encourages individuals to ignore reality and embrace managed decline.
The guide's release has sparked a heated debate about the appropriateness of using political talking points during family gatherings and the role of propaganda in political campaigns.