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As Trump hits 100 days, Americans agree: We're still divided

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As Trump hits 100 days, Americans agree: We're still divided

Donald Trump is set to mark his 100th day in office on April 29th. It's been an eventful and sometimes chaotic three months at the White House, light on substantive policy achievements. Video provided by AFP Newslook


President Trump arrives for a "Make America Great Again" rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., on March 20, 2017. (Photo: Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images)

After 100 days of the Trump administration, one of the few things on which Americans are united is that they are still divided.

Jonathan Pommerville of Detroit, a self-employed irrigation system installer, identifies with no party and didn’t even vote in the last election. But the 39-year-old knows this much: “Seems like we keep drifting apart.”

The USA TODAY Network spent time with 18 Americans around the nation and across the political spectrum to gauge their feelings on Donald Trump’s first months in office . Although they agreed on little — not on Obamacare or relations with Russia or The Wall — there’s virtual unanimity that political division has only worsened since the president took office.

Logan Keeling, 19, of Hanover, Pa., recently moved out of his parents’ house and works two jobs to make ends meet. But the economy is not his primary concern.

“My greatest hope would be just for people, as Americans, to just come as one,’’ said Keeling, whose first vote in a presidential election was for Trump. “There’s so much division right now.’’

Logan Keeling, 19, is pictured in his Hanover, Pa.,

Logan Keeling, 19, is pictured in his Hanover, Pa., apartment. "I think one of my favorite things about Trump being in office is that he can’t be bought. He’s got his money," Keeling said.   (Photo: Dan Rainville, The Evening Sun)

As an Army veteran who served three tours in Iraq, Jennifer DiLuzio, 34, of Lakewood, Colo., knows a divided society when she sees one. And here’s how America looks to her: “It’s women against these women, these races against other races, this religion against another. … We’re going to tear ourselves apart at this rate.’’

Americans are even divided on the reasons for their divisions. Among the competing theories:

  • Lack of information : “It’s become a soundbite population.’’ — Bill Wickham, 53, owner of a roadside pumpkin farmstand outside Rochester, N.Y. 
  • Social media : “I’ve seen so much hatred come out among friends that I never knew existed. Social media has been a huge factor in that. It saddens me to see what that’s done to relationships, to friendships, to families.’’ — Laura Hodges, 53, a registered nurse and small-business owner who lives in Greenville, S.C.
  • Trump : The president “is trying to unify one segment of the population against the other. He is trying to unify the privileged and people who are not immigrants, people who are not people of color.’’ — Tony Choi, 28, of northern New Jersey, a social media manager for 18 Million Rising, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote civil engagement in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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