I’m totally against Trump. I honestly feel he is the worst world leader of my lifetime. Clearly the stupidest and least informed. The most uncultured. A buffoon, really. I would be ashamed to call such a man my leader and I believe about 60% of Americans are, too.
This said, I do not like the personal turn that US politics have taken. I can hate Trump and feel and say that he is a moronic buffoon (and I do) without feeling or saying that about his supporters. They should be able to feel and say that about Hillary without feeling and saying it about Hillary supporters. The US, both right wing and left, has gone down a path that I feel is entirely unhealthy.
In Canada, we disagree totally on politics and then go out for a few drinks after. Every Thursday and Sunday when I’m in Canada, I meet respectively with my two groups of friends, one group at the marina downtown and another group of tech friends out here in Surrey. In both cases, the group contains everything from communists to right wingers and we do talk politics. We just realize that because the other guy is wrong in our opinion doesn’t make him a bad person. The US seems to have lost that perspective.
I am honestly not sure you can recover from this. Half of America hates the other half. I have seen this kind of thing before in places like Bosnia and Serbia, but I have never seen a nation recover from it. I really wonder if you are going to be able to survive as a nation.