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Political Violence Heightens Divisions in Trump's First Midterms

  • Nation mourns after synagogue massacre, while pointing fingers
  • Attacks used to rally bases, as independents may favor change

Deadly politically tinged violence that stunned the nation last week likely will sharpen the hard partisan edge that is defining the first midterm election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Grief and calls for civility have been replaced by finger-pointing by some members of both parties, including Trump, who blamed the news media for fostering hate just days after he made an appeal for unity.