A divided house, father and daughter navigate differences over Trump

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Iowa family split over the policy

Father and daughter have political views, but aside differences for the family.

WATERLOO, Iowa – When it came a small white envelope in Lily Miller’s Iowa house last month, the 17-year-old girl dismissed it as part of a series of college-setting the E-mail and almost threw it away.

But the letter turns out came from Hillary Clinton, who had read a recent news article about Lily and her father, resonate strongly with the former presidential candidate.

Lily is an ardent supporter of the Democratic party. Her father, Mike, had for Donald Trump. The two are not in agreement on everything, what is politically — a deep, cross-generational divide in the type found in home after home around the nation. To manage still, you, love and respect for each other despite their differences.

These differences, and the way father and daughter have navigated so skillfully forced to write to Clinton.

“I’m glad to know that you and your father let their different political views get in the way of their relationship,” wrote Clinton, whose own father was a Republican. “I know first-Hand that it can be difficult, but it is also important in a pluralistic democracy, to be able to live, work and learn alongside those who are different than you.”

Clinton encouraged Lily’s dream of running for the office. “I am thrilled to know that you are planning a future in politics … know that I have them on cheers for continued success in the future,” she wrote.

To Lily, the letter inspiring. Her father was less enthusiastic, although he later confirmed that it was useful to have the message that “hit home” for him.

Feb. 3, 2018: Lily Miller, Waterloo, Iowa, reads a letter she received from Hillary Clinton.

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“I don’t think you understand how much of an impact the letter had on me,” Lily said to Clinton, as she ate a piece of pizza in the food court of the crossroads Mall in Waterloo, on a snowy February afternoon.

“That was, like, personal,” she said. “I cried when I read it.”

Lily and her 49-year-old father represent a generational and political divide that all too often in the American home for a year in Trump’s turbulent presidency. For many, the questions about the 2016 elections — with the family were far from politics as usual, members, respondents, and each other’s morality on issues such as immigration, women’s reproductive rights, the Second Amendment.

A Fox News poll in January found that 74 percent of American voters are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the political division in the country. In October, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll found that seven out of 10 Americans said the nation, the political conflicts are at least as large as those that existed during the Vietnam war.

In the Miller household, such as political discord professional goals will only be reinforced by Lily’s. The high school honor student passionate about social justice – is to draw a run for office one day, but her father says that he will not vote for you.

“I would help her to the office minus my voice,” Mike said in an interview in the apartment of the family. “I love you, and I would support it. But if our political views don’t align, I T vote winning ‘ for you.”

The feeling seems to be mutual.

“If my father were running for office, I honestly don’t know if I would vote for him,” Lily said. “I would have to see where he is coming from – his different ideas on things, how he would change things.”

Lily and Mike, separated according to age and sex differ greatly in their lists of important issues for the nation. Lily deals with immigration, to support her father, who works 12-hour days at the John Deere factory, his four children, is focused on the economy.

Under Lily’s concerns, the former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or daca, which Trump said that he is planning to exit from the currently challenged in the courts. The program offers a level of Amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

“For me, the idea is that a child be deported never to a country where they might come from, the country makes a lot of sense to me,” she said.

“You can’t be here legally, but I think you are a block in this country,” said Lily, tapping volunteer for Clinton’s campaign, the door-in the predominantly Bosnian-neighborhoods in the city of Waterloo, where few people speak English.

“The fact that there are people who are out there and you are doing a contribution to the community, and there are still people who say: ‘I’m sorry. You are not a real American’ … This is heartbreaking for me,” she said.

In contrast to his daughter, Mike’s attention to the economic fortunes is fixated on the nation. He said he voted for Trump in part because he believed that the business was able to revive a man and a “political outsider”.

“Donald Trump was best suited to help the economy, because he’s a billionaire,” he said.

“Someone at work pointed out,” Yes, but he went bankrupt three times,'” said Mike. “Now, every time he came back, a billionaire.”

Sitting side by side on a couch in the living room of the family, father and daughter spar on almost every issue except gay marriage, you support both.

Lily said she finds Obama. Mike thinks that he “could have better done.” Lily describes the Second Amendment as an “often misunderstood” while Mike calls the right to bear arms, is important.

Then there’s Trump’s proposed boundary wall; Lily shakes her head and asks: “Why?” Mike, in contrast, does not hesitate to say that he supports it.

In spite of their fierce political opposition, Lily and Mike are amazing close. To bring the two differences in line, she said, by the value of their father-daughter relationship, about everything. At its core, the belief Müller, the people are more than the policy, which is not defined by their characters only.

“He is my father. I will always be only a father. I think that something as simple as political disagreement get in the way, would be foolish,” said Lily. “It would be selfish of me to turn my back on my father after what he has done, all the opportunities he gave me.”

Mike, the feeling is mutual. “My relationship with my daughter means the world to me. You need to love each other while you can.”

Cristina Corbin of Fox News reporter in New York. You can follow her on Twitter @Cristina Corbin.

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