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Sarah Palin: “A Pre-Trump” | America’s Great Divide | FRONTLINE

A new FRONTLINE documentary points to Sarah Palin as a precursor to Donald Trump: Plain-spoken and not “too high-brow,” she entered the national political scene as a “almost a pre-Trump” and “electrified that GOP base like no one I had ever seen,” former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly says in this excerpt from “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump.”

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The McCain-Palin ticket wouldn’t prevail in the 2008 election, but the anti-establishment fervor Palin had tapped into would only grow — helping to pave the way for Donald Trump’s rise.

For the full story, stream “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” — a two-night, four-hour documentary series on how America’s polarized politics came to be that provides new insights and crucial context for the 2020 election year.

“America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” will be available first, in its entirety, at, at and on the PBS Video App. Stream the full two-part, four-hour series there beginning Mon., Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. E.S.T./5 p.m. C.S.T. The series premieres on PBS stations Mon., Jan. 13 and Tues, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. E.S.T./8 p.m. C.S.T. (check local listings).

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