Summary of Political Common Ground in a Polarized United States

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Conservative op-ed columnist David Brooks and journalist Gretchen Carlson, speaking with TED curator Chris Anderson, candidly discuss the growth of America’s yawning political divide and suggest ways to bridge the gap. While always politically neutral, getAbstract predicts that individuals from across the political spectrum will gain new understanding and ideas for outreach from this respectful, open conversation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors helped boost Donald Trump to the US presidency in 2016,
  • How some conservatives and moderates view Trump’s rise to political power, and
  • How to address the problem of polarization in American politics.

About the Speakers

TV journalist Gretchen Carlson hosted Fox News programs for more than 10 years. David Brooks is a conservative op-ed columnist for The New York Times.



Some 63 million Americans voted for Donald Trump, and anger triggered many of their votes. Trump’s voters felt ignored and betrayed, and they perceived ...

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