No eye rolling, no yelling. How Trump supporters and critics try to find common ground

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Mike Kelly, North Jersey Record

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — They sat in a circle, Republicans next to Democrats, Trump supporters alongside Trump critics.

No one pointed fingers.

No one yelled at anyone.

When it was over, everyone shook hands.

On a recent rainy evening, 10 people gathered inside a Gettysburg church — not far from the rolling hills where Union and Confederate soldiers fought a climactic battle that turned the tide of the Civil War — and tried to find ways to heal the deep political divisions that have engulfed America in another sort of civil war.

First, however, the group, which calls itself Politics, Facts and Civility, had to agree on a few rules.

“We’re here to be nice to each other,” said Currie Kerr Thompson, a retired Gettysburg College professor and the group’s leader.

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