We've heard so much about how divided the country had become during and after the presidential election and we wondered: Could Coloradans sit down and figure each other out? So, we pulled together a group of people from different walks of life and political viewpoints, served them dinner, and asked them listen and talk to each other. We also visited them where they live and produced a series of video portraits.
We spoke with Trump supporters Karina Gaylord, who lives in Arvada and is a small business consultant, Annette Gonzalez of Pueblo, who takes care of five grandchildren, and Sandy Russell of Palmer Lake, who's a retired teacher who now works as a counselor. Our Clinton supporters were Adam Brock, of Denver, who does nonprofit consulting, and Brian Pacini, also of Denver, who works in data operations. Mehdi Khan of Aurora is an engineer and a Green Party voter.
Research shows the American public has grown more polarized along partisan lines in the last two decades. These are some efforts underway in Colorado and across the country that try to build bridges.