Speak to any American currently living in Northern Ireland and the same words keep coming up in conversation.
Division. Fear, Nervousness. Bitterness. Conflict.
Tuesday's presidential election is like no other in living memory for how deep the divide has gone, butting through workplaces, friendships and families.
Though many Americans many live and work on foreign soil, there is no doubt it is still the country they call home.
They may be away from the political melting pot that is boiling up to election day, but they are determined to add their own ingredients. They are more determined than ever to try to help their country heal the wounds they have seen played out on their television screens on this side of the Atlantic.
"I'm not American, I'm from Sweden, but I spent 13 years in the States and never cast a vote, so you could probably say I'm impartial," said Dr Stefan Andreasson, Reader in Comparative Politics at Queen's University Belfast with a specific interest in American politics.
"It's not just because my wife is from America," he added. "She has voted already, like 50% of Americans have done."
Dr Andreasson has always had a close eye on the turbulent political waters, but has watched them brew into the perfect storm ahead of polls closing on Tuesday night.
"There are so many words people think of as clichés, but they have to be said about the 2020 election. Unprecedented is one and it's true," he added.
"We've probably never seen a president of the United States who has pushed the boundaries of his personal conduct so far out of bounds.
"He's pushed the boundaries of the office much further than anyone else in modern times, the most since Roosevelt in the 1930s. That's why this election has become so critical, and so engaging for the American people. Donald Trump has left no room for grey areas."
While there has always been polarisation in American politics, Dr Andreasson says it has never been on a personal level like this.
He added: "For the closest historical signs to what I'm seeing in America today you have to go back to 1850s, the period just before the Civil War. There's such a vociferous distrust between the two camps. There are five million more guns in circulation this year than last, there's the spectre of armed militia at polling stations, on top of that the protests over George Lloyd and Black Lives Matter, then the Covid-19 pandemic is thrown into the mix. It's a very volatile climate in a fraught and unstable America.
"In some ways, given what was going on around America, the televised political debates were lost. The first one, in Cleveland, did throw out some outrageous rhetoric, but the Nashville debate was strangely quiet, almost an after thought. If anything that will let Trump down. He had a chance to change the mood of the people, but he failed to get any bounce from it.
"But with volatile seas, you never know which way things are going to turn and we could be waiting for a while before knowing for sure who will end up in the White House.
"The only way we'll know for definite on Tuesday night is if there's an early landslide for Biden, but it's more likely the counting will be a much longer, drawn out affair."
This time states like Texas and Georgia are being described as crucial, moving from solid Republican to battleground states.
Dr Andreasson believes that is worrying news for Trump.
He adds: "Everything had to align perfectly for Donald Trump in 2016 and it did. This time even more has to go right. It's a lower percentage chance that he wins.
"And if he doesn't then it will be the first time since 1992 since a sitting president up for re-election hasn't been returned, when Bill Clinton for the Democrats beat Republican George Bush. In recent times, presidents have tended to hold on."
If 2016 taught people one thing, it was not to pay much attention to the early polls. Americans around the world went to bed expecting Hillary Clinton to become the first female president. They woke up with Trump in the White House.
"It's important to remember that this isn't necessarily a popularity contest," said Dr Andreasson. "The College system means it's not the candidate who gets the most votes who wins, it's where they get those votes than matters."
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After working straight through the night contributing to a BBC Radio election special, all I wanted to do was get some sleep. But as soon as my head hit the pillow, the phone rang in my Manhattan flat. My boss ordered me to get up, pack my bag and head straight to the airport. "This election isn't over," he told me. "You're going to Florida."