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By looking up dictionaries, push means sell.

But I am not sure what is the difference between

he is pushing lung cancer on his viewers

and

he is pushing lung cancer to his viewers

I read this on imgur.

Is he… pushing lung cancer on his viewers? I'm not even trying to be snarky. What the actual f*ck?

Acyn @Acyn • 16h
Tucker “They hate nicotine. They love THC.. Why do they hate nicotine?
Because nicotine frees your mind and the thc makes you compliant and passive”

screenshot of Tucker Carlson on Fox News

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    Push can mean more things than 'sell', e.g. 'encourage'. The Carlson creature is encouraging his viewers to smoke and, perhaps, get lung cancer (or a number of other diseases). Commented Jan 21, 2023 at 19:42

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The word "Push" in this sort of context can mean any of "Sell", "Persuade to use" "advocate for" or "force on someone". Other senses are also possible. In this case, I read the meaning as closer to "advocate for", although it could also be taken as "force on others".

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  • Any difference between he is pushing lung cancer on his viewers and he is pushing lung cancer to his viewers? Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 7:40
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    @Stats Cruncher In this context I don't see any significant difference. In general "push to" might be used more for the "sell" or persuade" sense, and "push on" more for the "force" or "impose" sense, but a given use might not stick to that distinction. Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 16:45

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