How Trump is capitalizing on our political divide

America is more politically divided than ever before, and while President Trump didn’t create this division, he is capitalizing on it. Chris Cillizza explains the roots of this division, and draws a comparison to our past.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
Trump Third Year Sets New Standard for Party Polarization
https://news.gallup.com/poll/283910/trump-third-year-sets-new-standard-party-polarization.aspx.

This is why Republicans and Democrats aren’t talking to each other in Washington
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/08/politics/republicans-democrats-divide-party-demographics-districts/index.html.

Party polarization hits new high in Trump’s third year: poll
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/479099-party-polarization-hits-new-high-in-trumps-third-year-poll.

After 13 Hours Of Fiery Debate, Senate Adopts Impeachment Trial Rules
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/21/797320215/senate-impeachment-trial-begins-with-fight-over-rules.

Its Reputation Tattered, Polarized Senate Faces a Steep Impeachment Test
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/us/senate-impeachment.html.

This poll underscores the risk the GOP is taking on a sham trial
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/22/this-poll-underscores-risk-gop-is-taking-sham-trial/.

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