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Examples of demonizing the political opposition

In my mind, it's better to focus on the issues rather than the people. And it's okay to disagree with the other side, even vociferously, but what isn't acceptable is to heap contempt or scorn on the other side, and it's especially bad to paint them as evil-doers, to label them as irremediably bad.

I think this kind of rhetoric serves no purpose but to drive people apart.

Some examples of problematic statements by politicians on either side: