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.

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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.

 

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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 inaction in their government. Many Trump supporters sensed that the economy was leaving them behind. Trump’s celebrity status helped boost him to the presidency, since many of his voters felt that their own lack of celebrity or wealth made them increasingly invisible. Trump’s simple, populist message appealed to them. And although many disagreed with his behavior on the campaign trail, they continued to support his policies.


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