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‘It’s real fear’: clash of two Americas could get worse before it gets better

The defining hallmarks of the Trump era have been division and divisiveness – female v male, Black v white, urban v rural – and have left Washington dysfunctional

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“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America,” Barack Obama said in 2004. “While I will be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t support me as I will for those who did,” Joe Biden said this year.

Both Democrats preached one nation, but the 2020 presidential election has exacerbated fractures of American society: a profound polarisation that veteran journalist Carl Bernstein referred to as a cold civil war. Some fear that another victory for Donald Trump could tear the nation apart.

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