Americans remain sorely divided as Biden's quest for unity begins

Chris Buskirk, publisher of the conservative journal American Greatness, thinks that even if Trump voters don’t buy Biden’s policies, many may come along, if only because the new president is offering an oasis of calm after the storms of the past four years.

“There’s a lot of people that at least temporarily want to take a breath,” Buskirk said. “For people who supported Trump, there’s going to be a period of self-reflection that always comes with being out of power. What are our priorities? What are we for?”

That doesn’t mean that the majority of Republicans who believe the 2020 election was somehow rigged or stolen will suddenly embrace Biden as their president. After all, Buskirk said, “three of our last six presidential elections ended with a substantial part of the electorate thinking the result was tainted – 2000, 2016 and 2020. That’s a big problem, indicating a country where people fundamentally don’t trust institutions.”

Still, Buskirk believes that although a hard core of Trump supporters will stand by their man, “most probably just go back to their lives. They weren’t involved in politics before Trump and they don’t see much reason to stay involved if he’s not there.”