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Is President Trump’s rhetoric damaging our public institutions?

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Since the beginning of President Trump’s campaign for the presidency, he has attacked the public institutions in this country. Whether it be the media or the judicial system or the congressional leaders of his own party, President Trump has been on the attack. His attacks have fueled his political rise and given him a very strong base of support. His supporters love his constant fights with whom they see as the people or groups responsible for the problems in America. His constant attacking rhetoric makes one ask the question: Is President Trump’s rhetoric causing damage to America’s public institutions?

Those who feel his rhetoric is causing damage to the United States’ public institutions argue that his constant negative attacks are deliberately done to hurt our institutions. They think he wants them as damaged as possible so he can ride in and fix them, playing the hero. People also think he wants them damaged so chaos will reign in our country and he can use that chaos to make himself richer. Finally, there are those out there who believe he wants to tear down the institutions so he can install himself as a dictator.

People who don’t feel the president’s rhetoric is damaging our public institutions feel that those institutions were damaged, or even broken, before he got into office. They feel that the trust in institutions like the media, Congress, or our judicial system had long ago been lost and the president is just pointing out what many already knew. Finally, they feel the president’s rhetoric is not damaging the institutions of this country, it is raising awareness of the problems so he can get the support he needs to fix them.

Institutions like the media and our judicial system are the cornerstones of this country. The media is there so that we, the people, can know what is going on in our country, while our judicial system is key to maintaining law and order in our country. They must be strong for our country to survive and even thrive. Is the president’s rhetoric damaging our public institutions? Only the future knows the answer.

PBS NewsHour discussing President Trump’s rhetoric:

The Issue

Is President Trump’s rhetoric damaging our public institutions? Are his constant attacks on the likes of the media and judicial system damaging them? Or, were our public institutions damaged long before President Trump came along?

Yes, President Trump’s rhetoric is causing damage to U.S. institutions

Those who feel the president’s rhetoric is damaging our public institutions say that his constant attacks are, by design, to cause chaos in this country, so that he can either be a hero and fix them, or set himself up as a dictator.

No, President Trump’s rhetoric is not causing damage to U.S. institutions

People who feel the president’s rhetoric is not damaging our public institutions say that they had already been damaged before the president came along, and he is just pointing out what is wrong so he can get support to fix them.

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