WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans on the National Mall revealed what they would gift members of the opposite political party to bridge the partisan divide this holiday season.
“I would give them a shake of the hand to try to get everybody to come together,” Irene, from Arizona, told Fox News. But she added that both parties deserved coal under the Christmas tree.
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“Nobody’s doing a great job right now, and the infighting is horrible,” Irene said.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans want Congress to compromise across party lines but 58% said they have “no confidence” that will happen, according to a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Dec. 15. By comparison, in December 2008, only 23% of Americans had low confidence in bipartisanship.
“People have different opinions, and we have to understand that,” Karol, of Washington D.C., said.
Yet some preferred more informative holiday gifts.
“I would invite everyone to the border,” William, from Arizona, told Fox News.
Since President Biden took office, nearly a quarter of the 4 million migrants who have crossed into the U.S. traveled through Arizona’s southern border, according to Customs and Border Protection. In border towns like Yuma, migrant crossings increased by 171% from 2021 to 2022, leading some families to hire private security.
Brooke, from Missouri, told Fox News she would give Republicans a science textbook.
There are “lots of misconceptions on the right about climate change, global warming, female anatomy,” Brooke said. “I think they could learn from it.”
A few others shared unifying messages as peace offerings.
Americans need to “get to know the person behind the political party,” Morgan, from Virginia, told Fox News. She said she would gift members of the opposite party politeness and understanding.
“We’re not defined by our beliefs and our political parties,” Morgan said. “I think understanding the humanity side of everyone would be important.”
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