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Division over Union: Local officials, residents weigh in on Trump's speech
From left, Hall County Democratic Party Chairman Kim Copeland, former Hall County Republican chairman Kris Yardley, college student Marisa Pyle and The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville.
President Donald Trump might have struck a new, unifying tone in his speech on Tuesday, but the State of the Union address did nothing to soothe local political divides. Trump talked of the nation as “we” in his address — a rhetorical change from former President Obama, who often spoke personally of his own achievements and ideas — and offered olive branches to Democrats on infrastructure spending and a path for citizenship for “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.