wedge issue

noun

Definition of wedge issue

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Health care was a key wedge issue for Democrats in the 2018 House wave that cost Republicans dozens of seats. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The GOP Should Think Twice before Returning to Austerity Politics," 8 Dec. 2020 Instead, Trump and his fraud claims have become a wedge issue. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Conspiracy Theory That Could Hand Joe Biden the Senate," 4 Dec. 2020 What Pompeo’s visit also highlights is how Israel is steadily becoming a divisive wedge issue in U.S. politics. Washington Post, "Trump and Pompeo embrace Israel’s one-state reality," 20 Nov. 2020 As the election neared, Trump, perhaps unexpectedly, receded from the anthem, his most contentious sports wedge issue. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Trump Lost Sports as a Political Strategy," 11 Nov. 2020 Jon Hoadley, a 37-year-old liberal, is pushing a Green New Deal-style climate change agenda as a wedge issue to defeat longtime Republican incumbent Rep. Fred Upton in a purple district of southwest Michigan. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: The energy and climate stakes of the election," 3 Nov. 2020 Jon Hoadley, a 37-year-old liberal, is pushing an agenda to confront climate change aggressively as a wedge issue to defeat longtime Republican incumbent Rep. Fred Upton in a purple district of southwest Michigan. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Michigan liberal pushes 'Green New Deal' climate agenda to unseat centrist Republican Fred Upton," 7 Oct. 2020 Trump has sought to use those facts as a wedge issue in manufacturing hubs like Michigan. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trade often dominated Trump’s first-term agenda. But it’s slipped from the 2020 forefront, even in trade-heavy states like Texas," 23 Sep. 2020 Conservatives, desperate for a cultural wedge issue to distract from Trump's blundering response to Covid-19, leapt to the NRA's defense. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Can New York's Attorney General take down one of the most feared forces in American politics?," 9 Aug. 2020

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Wedge issue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wedge%20issue. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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wedge issue

noun

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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