Don’t get divorced because of Trump. The tough work of settling America’s political differences

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Democrat Lynn Heady of Nashville avoids politics with family members because it’s a topic that often leads to arguments. When the retired school administrator who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 is near a television blaring the news, she can feel her blood pressure rise.

“I don’t want to listen to either side. I find it equally disturbing and stress-inducing,” she said. “I think anybody who cares about this country right now is experiencing some stress.”

Republican Greg Smith of Waynesville, Ohio, admits he got so insulting on Facebook, his friends told him to take a break from social media. Around that time, the avid Trump supporter saw a decades-long friendship disintegrate over a political spat.

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