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Gayle McCormick poses during interview in this still photo taken from video, inside her new apartment in Bellingham, Washington February 2, 2017. Photo taken February 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Tim Exton/)

Election fallout|Election fallout

Woman separates from husband of 22 years because of disagreement over Trump

February 7, 2017

President Donald Trump is not even three full weeks into his presidency and already shockwaves from his disruption are rippling through almost every facet of world culture. What many see as the fallout from Trump’s unexpected win began in the very first days following the election, as the outcome drove rifts between family members ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Three months later, the wounds from the divisive 2016 race appear to still be raw and the disruption to the most intimate aspects of Americans’ lives are being laid bare.

Take Gayle McCormick for example. McCormick, a 73-year-old retired prison guard in California, was blindsided when she learned her husband of 22 years planned to vote for Trump, she told Reuters in a sweeping profile of how the election outcome has impacted personal relationships. Not surprisingly, McCormick had been well aware of her husband’s conservative views, but until the moment, over lunch with friends, he uttered the words that he planned to vote for Trump, she’d never considered leaving him.

“It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump,” McCormick said, adding that she felt “betrayed” by his support for insurgent candidate. “I felt like I had been fooling myself,” she admitted. “It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger.”

By election day, McCormick’s husband decided to write in a candidate instead of vote for Trump, she said. But the damage to their relationship had already been done. McCormick, a self-described socialist who voted for Bernie Sanders, said, “It really came down to the fact I needed to not be in a position where I had to argue my point of view 24/7. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing that.” McCormick went on to note that the two won’t be going through with a full divorce, but are maintaining separate residences.

When it comes to matters of the heart, partisanship is increasingly playing a role for Americans. According to the results of a survey published last week, the number of parents who want their children to marry within their political party is on the rise. The poll, conducted by UCLA politics professor Lynn Vavreck, showed that 60 percent of Democrats said they would prefer their child to marry a Democrat, and 63 percent of Republicans prefer their child to marry a Republican. Last week, Women in the World informally polled readers on the subject and 47 percent of those who responded indicated that the political affiliation of their child’s spouse would matter to them.

All hope is not lost for personal relationships, however. According to the Reuters report, there are people who’ve experienced almost the polar opposite of Gayle McCormick’s broken love.

Read the full story at Reuters.


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