A Bernie Sanders supporter says she separated from her husband of 22 years after finding out that he had decided to vote for President Donald Trump.
Gayle McCormick, 73, first learned of her husband's voting plans over lunch with friends, according to Reuters.
"It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump," McCormick said. "I felt like I had been fooling myself. It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger."
"I was incensed," she told the New York Post. "I said, 'I can’t believe that somebody I could be married to could vote for someone whose track record is so obviously poor in terms of civil liberties, his feelings about women, how he treats people in general.'"
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Her husband reportedly changed his mind and ended up writing in former Congressman Newt Gingrich in November 2016, but the damage had already been done.
McCormick, a retired prison guard who describes herself as a "Democrat leaning toward socialist," said that while she and her husband are "too old" to get divorced, she has since moved out of their California home and now has her own dwellings in Bellingham, Washington.
"It really came down to the fact I needed to not be in a position where I had to argue my point of view 24/7," she told Reuters. "I didn't want to spend the rest of my life doing that."
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But she admitted that she doesn't expect the transition away from her old life to be a smooth one.
"I'm scared I have to find a new dentist. I have to find a new doctor," she told the New York Post. "Those are things that don't seem like much, but when you're 73 and you have diabetes and you've had a stroke, it gets scary to find new people and starting over."
In spite of everything, McCormick said she is still on good terms with her husband and plans to maintain a friendly relationship with him.
"I like the fact that Bill and I are staying connected for the positive stuff in our lives. I’m very, very proud of that, for him and me," she said. "I think we've done a marvelous job in doing that and maintaining the friendships that we've made together. I'm very proud of that."
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll illustrates the extent to which the 2016 presidential election has affected people's lives.
It may be surprising to learn that 16 percent of respondents said they have "stopped talking to a family member or close friend" as a result of the election, while 13 percent admitted to having "ended a relationship with a family member or close friend."