wedge issue


Definition of wedge issue

: a political issue that divides a candidate's supporters or the members of a party

Examples of wedge issue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Congressional politics The tariff talk is, however, becoming a bit of political wedge issue in the evolving 1st District congressional race to replace U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, who is running for the Senate this year. al, "Mobile bucks Trump-loving trend in tariff rebuke," 9 Jan. 2020 For Australia’s Coalition government, the attractions are obvious: Carmichael is a potent wedge issue that may have just helped swing last weekend’s federal election in its favor. Washington Post, "The World’s Most Controversial Coal Mine Doesn’t Add Up," 19 Sep. 2019 In an analysis of Russia’s interference tactics during the 2016 presidential campaign, officials found that trolls went after wedge issues like race, gender, and sexuality. Jacob Ward, NBC News, "U.S. cybersecurity agency uses pineapple pizza to demonstrate vulnerability to foreign influence," 27 July 2019 The summit is an easy way to promote what Trump hopes will be a wedge issue in 2020: that social media outlets have supposedly joined traditional publishers in working against Trump and his supporters. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: How Amazon is preparing its workforce for robots," 12 July 2019 Thousands of athletes would benefit from such change, but the financial impact to their schools could also set in motion conversations about budget cuts and create a new wedge issue between the haves and have-nots in college sports. oregonlive, "SEC considering most revolutionary change to college sports since Title IX, how it could impact Pac-12 schools," 16 Sep. 2019 With little genuine debate on policy happening in Congress, party leaders distract and divide the public by exploiting wedge issues and waging pointless messaging wars. Justin Amash, Twin Cities, "Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving my party," 10 July 2019 Lieberman apparently grasped that the spectre of creeping theocracy could prove a wedge issue even among those voters, and so reverse his sinking popularity. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Israeli Election Is Next Week, and Unprecedented Alliances Are Moving Against Netanyahu," 10 Sep. 2019 This is the party that Trump has helped make possible by moving past the culture wars that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, in particular by removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook. Robert Kabeland And Jill Homan, Twin Cities, "Kabeland, Homan: Trump defends LGBTQ rights. He has our Log Cabin endorsement.," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wedge issue

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Wedge issue.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wedge issue

US : an issue about which a politician's supporters or the members of a political party disagree

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