I didn’t know Gergen spoke at Elon, a good academic institution. So much for teaching and modeling open expression, by the parents. NC seems divided like the nation, the large population centers are considered “liberal” and the rural areas “conservative”. The use of broad terms like these to describe people is helping to dumb down our society and create social discord IMO. They are useful for short political ads.
Like you I try to avoid talking politics in public. It isn’t productive.