Can We Agree to Disagree: The Polarization Tearing Princeton’s Online Campus Apart

Cassandra James and Ally Noone

After months of painful silence, Daniel, a current Princeton student, finally confessed the truth to a friend: he planned to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. His friend instantly recoiled. “I remember seeing fear, and discomfort, and anger, and most of all confusion,” Daniel remembered later. Desperate to salvage the situation, he asked, “Can we just agree to disagree?”  His friend’s reply was immediate. “I’m sorry,” they said, “but it’s just not possible.” Four years later, Daniel’s question lingers like a fog over the turbulent, hyper-partisan landscape of 2020 America: can we, in fact, agree to disagree? [I]f there’s one area of agreement amongst conservative and moderate students, it’s that Princeton’s faculty are some of the most intentional and effective proponents of free speech on campus. But socially, as another senior put it, “it’s game over.”