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Connections: Discussing friendships with people who have different values and political views

Oct 8, 2019

Ellen DeGeneres faced criticism after a photo of her laughing with former President George W. Bush went viral. DeGeneres and Bush sat next to each other at a Dallas Cowboys game over the weekend. As DeGeneres said, critics thought, “Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? A lot of people were mad.”

But during a monologue on her show, DeGeneres defended her friendship with President Bush, saying that just because she doesn’t agree with him, doesn’t mean that she won’t be friends with him. She asked viewers to be kind to everyone.

This hour, our guests discuss their thoughts on having friendships with people who have different values and political views. In studio:

  • Danielle Ponder, criminal defense attorney, and lead singer of Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People
  • Colin Coffey, small business owner
  • Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff, pastor of the South Wedge Mission
  • Penny Sterling, storyteller, and co-host of the podcast, "Transformation Thursday" on WAYO-FM
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