In an online interaction that was the Twitter equivalent of a conversation between Goofy Gophers Mac and Tosh, two Ottawa residents debated the only possible positive to come out of Donald Trump‘s now infamous exchange with ex-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.
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On Friday, a damaging recording emerged of the Republican presidential nominee talking about kissing and touching women inappropriately without their explicit consent. TSN 1200 radio host, Ian Mendes, took to Twitter to discuss how the shocking recording could be used to frame an important conversation with his daughters.
Mendes immediately received backlash for his comment with angry Twitter users accusing him of victim-blaming. But one user emerged as the voice of gentle rebuke, inciting the most polite — and Canadian — Twitter debate ever seen.
Daniel Munro, a lecturer at the University of Ottawa and associate director of public policy at the Conference Board of Canada, responded to Mendes pointing out that Trump’s comments were, in fact, an opportunity for parents to speak to their sons about consent, taking the onus of sexual assault off of girls. What ensued was a gentlemanly back-and-forth on Twitter that literally shocked some non-Canadians.
As Mendes agreed with Munro’s response, the latter tweeted that they were on the same team. Then this happened:
Followers of the conversation were impressed by the civility with which the “debate” had been conducted, prompting some to highlight it as an example of Canadians’ famous politesse.
Keep up the good work, Canada.