MmmmMmm. I’m of multiple minds. You’re asking a reasonable, valid, question, but there is no doubt that Trump is such a polarizing figure that I can’t think people will be able to answer it in a non-pit manner.
And there’s been a lot of effort to clean up P&E recently. Honestly, I think it’s more a problem of the Trump/post-Trump world than the thread precisely, but still can’t think of a way to keep it on track - it’ll go to hijack territory over and over and over again.
@What_Exit summed it up perfectly. I had no problem with your OP. But the thread quickly devolved into Trump-bashing, and pretty much only that. I thought about what actual political discussion could ensue and could not think of much. I’ll allow it may be a failure of my imagination.
I’m not adverse to reopening the thread and admonishing those who were using it in a more Pit-like fashion, and I agree you should not be punished for what others did with your thread.
Can you give me more information about what political discussion you hope will occur?
The subject matter is the problem with this thread, not the OP. Again, if you can offer some example of what reasonable and productive political discussion can be had around this subject, I am completely agreeable to reopening the thread. I just couldn’t think of any. Can you?
IMO this is a reasonable response to the question posed in the OP. The failure of the former president to recognize his predecessor is well worthy of venom. I believe we all can handle that in the political forum.
I agree with the worthiness of venom. But I disagree P&E is the proper forum. It’s a great topic. For the Pit. Why have a Pit if we treat every other forum just like there? We don’t allow ranty threads in P&E or GD. There’s a lot of leeway, but this is over the line in my view.
The way I look at it, the only reason for a sitting president to NOT unveil a prior president’s portrait has to do with reasons that are pretty much inherently spite or disgust based (as others have suggested). The reasons for the spite will lead to discussion of TFG’s actions, which is almost certainly Pit territory.
So we answer Yes or No without a problem, but discussing the reasons for yes/no will probably be Pit.
I guess the Modloop could pretty much dedicate a Mod to semi-full time riding herd on the thread, the way we did on gun measures immediately after the Uvalde shooting, but seems a waste of resources.
ETA - To be fair, @Mahaloth was very snarky in the OP, no, it wasn’t a rant by any means, and I enjoyed the snark fully. If I was to try to reframe the OP in a way that was less Pit-bait, I might borrow from Mahaloth’s second to last line - “Donald and Melania Trump Portrait Unveiling, who should be invited to Represent Trump in the likely event he does not care to show”
That might move the bar far enough away from Trump to lessen the hijacks.
Never mind. It’s not that big of a deal. Even going back to the AOL days(with the big brain), I can hardly remember having one closed, though I’m sure quick investigations will reveal that I have indeed had threads closed.