On Thursday morning, one day before his inauguration as President of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted that America's deep divisions were not his fault and had existed for a long time.
While that's been the public consensus for decades, according to Gallup poll data, the nation is almost perfectly split on whether or not Trump will able to reconcile those divisions as he claims he can.
"It wasn't Donald Trump that divided this country, this country has been divided for a long time!" Stated today by Reverend Franklin Graham.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2017
Here's Trump's three-part tweetstorm on the subject.
Getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C. The journey begins and I will be working and fighting very hard to make it a great journey for..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2017
the American people. I have no doubt that we will, together, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2017
By the numbers
In a Gallup poll released shortly after the election, 77 percent of Americans surveyed said they thought the U.S. was divided, a record.
Meanwhile, that same poll found 45 percent of Americans thought Trump would do more to unite the country than divide, while 49 percent thought the opposite.
88 percent of Republicans thought he would be more of a unifier, while 81 percent of Democrats thought he would be more of a divider.
For reference, before President Obama's second term, 55 percent of Americans thought he would unite the country. Before his first term, that number hit 66 percent. Before George W. Bush's second term, that number hit 57 percent.
Trump has long believed the country was badly divided. This tweet is from early 2012.
For many years our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Earlier this week, he insisted the situation would change.