Lawmakers discuss uniting a divided America

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Tuesday’s election raised questions about what happens next in Washington.

Republicans will control the White House with Donald Trump as president and maintain a majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

But Trump’s election is a contentious one, with protests breaking out across the country under a rallying cry of “Not my president.” Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say building unity has to be a top priority.

“I would say this regardless of who was elected on election day. We have President-elect Trump but I would say the same thing if it was President-elect Clinton we were talking about. Job number one of the new president has to be building trust in this country and healing what we have seen, what I think is a destructive process to our basic democracy,” said Michigan’s junior senator, Democrat Gary Peters.

“How do we overcome that divide?” wondered U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Republican from Zeeland. “I said this when I was in the state legislature and I’ve said it when I’ve been in Washington, D.C. It takes leadership and relationships. It take trust built on relationships.”

Huizenga says he hopes President-elect Trump will try to build those relationships.

Sunday on “To The Point,” Peters and Huizenga discuss what Washington may look like come January. “To the Point” airs on WOOD TV8 starting at 10 a.m.