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FRONTLINE | Romney’s Loss, a Trump Tweetstorm, and a Telling Trademark | Divided States of America

On election night in 2012, Donald Trump – and many in the Republican party – were shocked when Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney.

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What happened next was an early example of how Trump —
who had endorsed Romney and helped lead the “birther” movement questioning the president’s citizenship — would deal with rivals on the road to the White House: He took to Twitter.

An excerpt from “Divided States of America,” which premieres Tues. Jan. 17 and Wed. Jan. 18 from 9-11 p.m. EST / 8-10 p.m. CST on PBS and online:

From veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, “Divided States” will offer an in-depth view of the partisanship that has gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.


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