A Polarized Nation: Liberals have dominated America and clash with religious conservatives with increasing intensity that began with the 2016 presidential election
Trumpism started it all
Tucker Carlson faces backlash for supporting ex-President Trump, with CNN being the first to criticize him. He’s been ridiculed and harassed in public, and he’s claimed he can’t eat at restaurants due to people shouting at him.
Likewise, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s press secretary then, faced a similar situation as other conservative figures attached to the Trump presidency.
In 2022, Jennifer Lawrence, star of Hunger Games, revealed her strained relationship with her conservative family and shared her “recurring nightmares” involving conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Interestingly, she did not experience such nightmares with her mentor, convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein.
Since 2015, America has become polarized over the issue of abortion, same-sex marriage, and LGBTQ rights, which conservatives are against. Hence the backlash that can be traced during Trump’s presidency in 2016.
Widespread division over ideologies
The 2016 and 2021 elections have divided families. Friends unfriended each other over politics. It also inspired a new cancel culture, a mix of social justice and political ideology.
For years, left-liberal pundits tried to crucify clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, but his followers just kept on growing.
Peterson is perhaps the most popular conservative pundit. Millions follow his lectures that promote personal responsibility and conservative values based on Biblical morals.
He is also anti-abortion and has frowned upon same-sex marriage, gender identity, and the use of “outlandish gender pronouns.”
In 2023, the College of Psychologists of Ontario warns of a potential suspension of his medical license for his public views.
Social media inspires more division against conservatives
Twitter is heavily criticized for its left-liberal bias that billionaire Elon Musk wanted to buy the company to protect “free speech.”
For so long, conservative voices have been silenced by social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even vendors like Amazon.