One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days

We asked two neighboring communities in Ohio what they make of the president’s first 100 days in office. Their answers paint a disparate picture

By Ed Pilkington in Warrensville Heights and Chardon, Ohio / The Guardian / April 27, 2017

 

How did Donald Trump do in his first 100 days as US president? The moment you step out into the beating heart of America, you realize that’s the wrong question.

How did the Donald Trumps – plural – do in their first 100 days? That’s the better line of inquiry. And no, it’s not a reference to Donald Jr, busily engorging the family business while his father makes America great again.

The question to ask is: how did the two Donald Trumps do? One man, two entirely contrary public figures. There’s Donald Trump, champion of the white conservative religious masses of rural and small-town America, the man bringing change to Washington, reviving the nation’s pride, teaching a lesson to foreigners with a well-targeted bombing raid or two.

And then there’s Donald Trump as seen through the eyes of urban America, minority communities and progressive voters. This president is utterly incompetent, criminally corrupt, or both, is only interested in himself and his rich buddies, and has turned the White House into a reality TV show.

It’s not hard to track down people who subscribe to one of these Donald Trumps. There are millions of them, scattered unevenly across the United States.

In some places, the polar impressions co-exist side by side in their own hermetically sealed bubbles. Like in