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Political discourse reaches historic low among nation’s elected leaders

Common civility is in steep decline

Merdies Hayes Editor In Chief | 8/9/2018, midnight
Most people will agree that civility is in steep decline in America, particularly within politics and..
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“A lot of poison has been poured down America’s throat since that 2016 campaign started,” Clinton told the press when asked about calls for civility after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant by its owner over her role in the Trump administration. “It’s hard not to pour poison down people’s throat and not have some of come back up and bubble up.” Clinton pointed to Sanders’ decorum after restaurant management requested she leave, noting that she was very dignified and declined to make a “scene.”

“She didn’t chew them out,” Clinton said, “and she didn’t pitch a fit. She didn’t call them ‘immigrant loving thugs’ or anything like that. She got up and left and offered to pay.”

‘Where is the respect?’

Last summer, weeks of controversy ensued after comedian Kathy Griffin posted a photo of President Trump’s severed head. Around the same time, a republican congressman from Montana body-slammed a reporter who inquired about the Congressional Budget Office estimates of the failed American Health Care Act. People from coast to coast—from all political affiliations—asked rhetorically: “where is respect and civility in American politics?”

For the past two months, official Washington has been engaged in a spirited debate about civility in politics. Republicans insist that the impetus for this discussion has largely come about because of the actions of Democrats and their supporters. The incident with Sanders came on the heels of restaurant protests against Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Neilsen and White House aide Stephen Miller because of their complicity with the Administration’s family separation policy. Then came Los Angeles Rep. Maxine Waters who was captured on video telling her supporters that if they see someone from Trump’s Cabinet “...you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Shortly after the 2016 election, Vice President Mike Pence was soundly booed while attending a performance of the hit musical “Hamilton” in New York City. Toss in Robert De Niro’s profanity-laced denunciation of the president at the recent Tony Awards, and comedian Samantha Bee’s insult of Ivanka Trump and it appears obvious that political discourse among otherwise wise and accomplished professionals has coarsened dramatically. On the flip side, here are a few Tweets from President Trump leveled at anyone who opposes his policies:

Trump and his Tweets

Sen Jeff Flake: “a flake”

Sen Tim Kaine: “a stiff”

Hillary Clinton: “crooked”

Sen Chuck Schumer “cryin’”

Former CIA Director John Brennan: “a liar”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “very dishonest and weak”

Rep. Conor Lamb: “Lamb the sham”

Rep. Maxine Waters: “low IQ”

Off Twitter, President Trump hurled a racial slur at Sen. Elizabeth Warren in calling her “Pocahontas” and on more than one occasion has said that Democrats “don’t care about crime,” are “extremist open-border Democrats” and are “protecting MS-13 Thugs.”

President Trump has accused Democrats of telling “phony stories of sadness and grief” about immigrant children being separated from their parents because they hope “it will help them in the elections.” During his campaign, he regularly impugned the patriotism of Democrats because of their alleged opposition to increased military spending. During a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, candidate Trump said he’d like to “punch protesters in the face” or “knock crap out of them.”