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‘This President’s Modus Operandi Is to Divide Us’

Commentators from the left and the right say the president needs to be more careful and less caustic in what he says.
Source: Cathal McNaughton / Reuters

Last week in America: 11 people at worship were killed by an anti-Semitic gunman at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Two African Americans were shot dead at a Kentucky supermarket, allegedly by a man driven by racial hatred who’d tried to bust into a black church minutes earlier. And more than a dozen pipe bombs were mailed to critics of Donald Trump by an avid, unstable supporter.

Hate was transmuted into violence. What role did our divisive and angry politics play?

[Read: America’s fatal shame]

Politicians and commentators are calling for toned-down discourse, apportioning responsibility for the toxic

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