Most Americans were outraged when President Donald Trump openly used profanity and insulted his opponents during his 2016 election campaign. The lack of decency shocked many people, though others saw it as a sign of strength. Since then, Trump’s supporters have increasingly adopted his tactics and launched vulgarities, insults, and baseless attacks.
This phenomenon is especially notable on social media, where users feel empowered by their anonymity. It has made it difficult for people to maintain civil discourse. When engaged in political debates, trolls spew hate-filled rhetoric and engage in mud-slinging.
Supporters of Trump have become so emboldened that comments have gone beyond politics and become personal attacks. They often target individuals, coming off as biased and malicious. In some cases, this atmosphere of aggression has led to bullying and hurtful words.
While the president nor his advisors have officially condoned these actions, his refusal to condemn them sends a signal to his followers that it is acceptable behavior. In some cases, people have used the president’s own words to justify their own words, which can be confusing and contradictory.
The use of vulgarity, insults, and baseless attacks has become increasingly commonplace, and it has negatively impacted public discourse. The coarsening of conversation has made it more difficult to have an honest discussion or debate. It has resulted in the devaluation of civil discourse and makes it even more difficult to agree on important issues.
It is essential to bring nuanced conversations back into the public debate. It is our duty as citizens to behave civilly towards each other and show respect for differences in opinion. Although political disagreements may become heated, they should never lead to personal insults. It is our obligation to ensure that civil discourse is maintained and that public debates remain balanced, constructive, and relevant.