After years of spiraling decline, civil discourse is once again front and center in our national conversation. It has been forced into the discussion over the administration’s inhumane decision to separate children from families. The media spotlight on the issue has emboldened a righteous anger. We have reached another turning point when Trump opponents celebrate obscenities by Robert De Niro and encourage more episodes like the expulsion of Sarah Huckabee Sanders from a Virginia restaurant.
Let us start by acknowledging an important truth: We are not going to fix any of our nation’s problems with more incivility. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is way out of line when she calls for more harassment of officials in the Trump administration. Declaring that Donald Trump is a “president who deserves a bit of profanity” will only sharpen the polarization that is tearing our social fabric and there is absolutely no place for incendiary tweets by Peter Fonda about Barron Trump.