Ramifications of toxic political climate

HOUSTON – The lack of civility in politics is an “unsettling trend,” Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said. And it affects much more than just politics.

“Various social norms and institutions are effectively breaking down,” Jones said.

Many Democrats argue President Trump’s rhetoric and policies are the real problem. For many Republicans, the last several days prove Democrats are to blame.

The Homeland Security secretary was shouted at and pressured into leaving a restaurant. The president’s press secretary was asked to leave a restaurant. Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters urged Democrats to go further.

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant in a department store at a gasoline station, get out and you create a crowd,” Waters said to supporters. “And you push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome here.”

On Twitter, President Trump responded by calling…

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