There is no question as to whether or not the 2016 presidential election has been responsible for strongly divided opinion. But the extent to which it is interfering in the daily lives of America’s citizens may be far worse than anyone suspected according to a recent Reuters’ poll.
How Serious Is the Divisiveness
For example, in the Reuters’ survey, Gayle McCormick, a retired California prison guard, called her husband’s approval of President Trump a “deal breaker.” Because of his affirmed support of Trump, she made the decision to move out of their marital home after 22 years of marriage.
McCormick is 73 years and reports that she felt “betrayed” by her husband. He did not discuss his choice for president, but casually said that he would be voting for Trump while he and McCormick were having lunch with friends last year.
She later told reporters “It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump. I felt like I had been fooling myself. … It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger.”
As it turned out, McCormick’s husband did not vote for Trump, but wrote in Republican Newt Gingrich instead. However, McCormick was not dissuaded from her decision. The couple plan to continue to vacation together, but they are currently living apart.
Yes, this is an extraordinary case, but it is evident that tensions have increased since the election. Following the election and Trump’s signing of a rash of executive orders, there have been demonstrations and protests across the nation highlighting the division and making it impossible to ignore.