Thursday 23 November 2017

Caitriona Perry hopes new book will make readers more 'open-minded'

Caitriona Perry, RTÉ’s Washington correspondent. Photo: RTE
Caitriona Perry, RTÉ’s Washington correspondent. Photo: RTE

Sean O'Grady

Caitriona Perry has told how she hopes the message people take away from her new book is to be more "open-minded".

The RTE Washington correspondent's new book, In America: Tales From Trump Country, sees the TV host visit some of the states that President Donald Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election, to figure out why people voted for him.

While the US President has divided opinion in the United States and across the world, Perry insisted to label his supporters as "racist" would be untrue.

"The message is to be a bit more open-minded I suppose. Things are not black and white. People vote for different reasons.

"Donald Trump is very divisive but not everyone who voted for him is an angry, white racist man and to look at it that simplistically would be a disservice to the people of America," she said.

"My day job is radio and television so it's all about being short and delivering the message as quickly as you can whereas with a book you can get deep down into issues and put in everything a person has to say. 

"It tells you about what's going on in America now and what led people to want to vote for Donald Trump. To vote for someone who was not like them, but appealed to them. These are their stories."

Perry, who will begin presenting the Six One news in January alongside Keelin Shanley, was joined by friends and family at the launch of her book in Cliff Townhouse in Dublin's Stephen's Green.

Also there to support her were some of her RTE colleagues including Ryan Tubridy, Keelin Shanley, Ingrid Miley and RTE's Director General Dee Forbes.

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