Presidential Election Exposes America’s ‘Perilous’ Divides

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a woman votes at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City, Mo. U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with a surprising twist. In places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

(AP) — Presidential elections are typically clarifying moments that convey the wishes of the American people to the next wave of elected officials. The only thing the 2020 contest seems to have clarified is the extent of the cavernous divisions that define the nation, no matter which candidate ultimately wins the White House. The next president will face the prospect of gridlock in a divided Congress, questions about the legitimacy of his victory and a fired-up electorate increasingly divided by race, education and geography. The divisions threaten to undermine the president’s ability to manage multiple crises, from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout to a reckoning on racial injustices that many Americans are pressing for.


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