Bill de Blasio's bagel gaffe and the fraught politics of food
January 19, 2020
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Stacy A. Cordery, Iowa State University
(THE CONVERSATION) If New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hadn't already dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, #bagelgate might have been the nail in the coffin.
His Jan. 15 tweet praising a toasted bagel on National Bagel Day instantly set off hardline bagel devotees-cum-voters. De Blasio quickly amended his tweet to delete the word "toasted." But the damage was already done. Purists scorned the very idea of toasting a bagel, calling...