For anti-Trump Americans, calamity spurs a muted sense of vindication

“It’s been more of an eye-opener,” said Nancy Quarles, a commissioner in Oakland County, Mich., of the impact of last week. “Even people I serve with — Republicans and independents who were looking at not so much him as a person but believed in his philosophies — some of that has turned. They’re not as strongly supporting him.”

She said the week has been turbulent and, at times, felt like the country has reached an all-time low in its ability to engage in civil discourse — even as she is optimistic about news that she felt got lost: Democrats winning the Senate majority.

“I’m hopeful. And looking forward to this being over with. And moving on,” she added. “The new administration is going to have their hands full trying to repair everything. They have to pick up the pieces and put it all back together. And I don’t know how long that’s going to take.”

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