Ever since the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the political division in the United States has only continued to widen. After Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last summer, that division has been taken to a whole new level.

Meathead unloads

Due to Trump's habit of making controversial statements, referring to illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers" just to name one, he's become a magnet for criticism. While many in the Republican party have taken part in the "Never Trump" movement, it's the opposition from the political left that has been the loudest and most vocal.

With the election just over 40 days away and the first presidential debate scheduled for Monday night, all eyes are on how Trump and Hillary Clinton will perform. This issue, and more, was discussed during the September 25 edition of "AM Joy" on MSNBC.

Joining host Joy Reid was film director and actor Rob Reiner. Before Reiner was a critically acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker, he was the co-star on the hit 1970s TV show "All in the Family," where he played the role of Michael Stivic, the outspoken young liberal who was given the nickname of "Meathead" by his conservative father-in-law Archie Bunker.

Like his classic TV character, Reiner is also a staunch liberal, and is never one to hold back his thoughts about the current state of American politics. When asked to give opinion on the billionaire real estate mogul, Reiner unloaded.

"I believe that what we've done, what we've seen, is the last throes of the Civil War," Reiner told Reid, accusing Trump of "giving a bullhorn to this racist idea." "Donald Trump is leading the way for white nationalism," Reiner continued, saying, "It's sad because people are hanging on to this idea of a white America." While Reiner said it was a "scary" thought to think of the former host of "The Apprentice" in the White House, he was optimistic that Trump will be defeated in November.

Reiner also made sure to reference Trump's questionable business history, noting that he has been a "complete and utter failure as a businessman."

Election update

With the first debate on the horizon, the race between Trump and Clinton has tightened. After having a lead of over seven points nationally just last month, the former Secretary of State has an edge of only three points. The billionaire real estate mogul has gained an advantage in Ohio and Florida, but because of his struggles with minority voters, most political pundits still believe Clinton is the favorite heading into Election Day.

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