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For her report on the “divided” nation, Winfrey and CBS News’ Frank Luntz assembled a group of 14 residents of the state — chosen because of its “pivotal role” in the 2016 presidential election — to get their thoughts on the Trump administration.
Half voted for Donald Trump, half did not. Predictably, the panelists were divided in their opinions of Trump himself. One male named Tom, for example, said that “every day, I love him more and more. Every single day. I still don’t like his attacks, his Twitter attacks, if you will, on other politicians. I don’t think that’s appropriate. But, at the same time, his actions speak louder than words. And I love what he’s doing to this country.”
Meanwhile, a woman named Jennifer said she thinks he’s a “horrible president.” She argued that “he’s divided our nation more than it has ever been. And then when he’s on teleprompter, he’s sane. I’m like, ‘That’s great. That’s great. That’s a good message.’ But when he’s off teleprompter, I feel uncomfortable. It makes me feel sick to my stomach. And I think that we look like we’re a joke to other foreign leaders. It’s an embarrassment.”
Another issue, that of Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, also drew heated debate. Kailee argued that discriminating against transgender people is akin to the ban on allowing African-Americans and gay people in the military.
“No, this is completely different. This is a choice. Nobody chose to be gay or black,” Matt said, which drew swift opposition from Kailee and Jennifer: “You do not choose to be a transgender!”
Looking to the future, Laura said she’s fearful of another civil war, to which many agreed, and others said they don’t see an end to the division in the country. Kailee argued that politicians in Washington need to start communicating with one another to bridge the divide.
Added Paul on a more optimistic note: “We got to come together and find a way. But I’m hopeful for the future. … If people will just get a little common sense and settle down a little bit and start talking things out, we can work things out.”
Did the president draw a moral equivalence between the groups that protested in Charlottesville? These voters are divided pic.twitter.com/UvSwkEaVfF
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 25, 2017