This is part 1 of “Two Years: Diaries of a Divided Nation,” part of a project called “The Trump Diaries: A People’s History of the Forty-Fifth Presidency.” In this piece you’ll hear very personal reflections of how politics affects the lives and relationships of six very different Americans.
Angel: In Texas, it’s typically not polite to talk politics with people, [chuckle] so I tend to not – why would you talk about something divisive? You know, like, why…
Marjorie: …you really feel proud. I mean, I think I’ve been blessed – I’m in the best place to live in the world… until now.
Irtefa: People would say, “Well, if you don’t like it, why are you here? Like, why are you here? Just move. Go back.” And even though this country is pretty *** to me, pretty *** to people like me, it’s just like, “Well, this is all I know.”
Angel: After the election, it was really disturbing. You know, like, this is the person that I love the most on the planet and she is telling me like, “I want nothing to do with you.”
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