After Biden Pledges Unity in Inauguration Speech, Texas Trump Voters Say He Should Be ‘Less Divisive’

After Biden Pledges Unity in Inauguration Speech, Texas Trump Voters Say He Should Be ‘Less Divisive’

A CNN reporter recently spoke with several supporters of former President Donald Trump in a small town in the Texas panhandle, and the general sentiment among those he interviewed was that President Joe Biden should be less divisive.

Just don’t tell them how the theme of Biden’s inaugural address on Wednesday was, above all else, unity.

Biden said:

To all those who supported our campaign, I am humbled by the faith you have placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. And if you still disagree, so be it.

That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably, within the guardrails of our Republic, is perhaps our nation’s greatest strength.

Yet hear me clearly: Disagreement must not lead to disunion. And I pledge this to you: I will be a President for all Americans. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.

More than 96% of the vote in Roberts County, Texas went to Trump in last year’s election–the highest of any county in America. The CNN segment, which aired Saturday morning, did not include any specifics from residents as to how Biden should, as one man put it, “quit being so divisive.”

Watch the video above, via CNN.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.