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The 2020 election is tearing retirement communities apart. So I was talking to a source we’ll call my “Mom” (not her real name), and she mentioned that the election-related tension within her North Carolina retirement community has reached a boiling point. Bipartisan dinner parties have become untenable; she was recently mocked for wearing a mask to Docktails. Trolling the Trumpkins in her midst, she and her Biden-supporting friends paid to have a Biden/Harris billboard installed along the nearest highway.

Hearing all this, I thought, “This seems like a great story… but do I really want to send a reporter to report on my Mom?” I don’t, and I’m glad I…

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Brendan Vaughan

Editor in Chief, GEN by Medium. Previously: Random House Publishing Group, GQ, Condé Nast Portfolio, Esquire