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Supporters of President Donald Trump sing the Star Spangled Banner at a rally, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Charlie Neibergall).

Anger, Resentment and Apple Pie: Understanding the Fourth of July in the Trump Era

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Yesterday marked the first time in more than a decade that I spent the Fourth of July in the United States. The political climate in the U.S. over the past year makes it a curious time to helicopter back in for such a charged holiday. In a country as diverse and vast as America, the symbolism of national identity, values and pride is contested in the best of times. For obvious reasons, the rise of Donald Trump and his election last year as president have exacerbated the cleavages that can make that symbolism as divisive as it is unifying.

In the current bitterly partisan climate, it often seems as if the two sides are living in not only vastly different Americas, but vastly different landscapes of fact and opinion. This has often been explained by the increasing partisan divide among news outlets and online media, and the echo-chamber effect of people seeking confirmation bias. ...

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