The rise of President Trump has hacked away at American democracy, argues Thomas B. Edsall of The New York Times. He has fired up groups against one another and brought trust in institutions like the media to an all-time low. Trump has fanned the flames of partisan division, viciously attacked and smeared his rivals and even threatened to reject the results of a democratic election. Seemingly favoring authoritarian principles, such as limiting and menacing the press, Trump has poisoned political discourse, making the whole country embattled against one another. American democracy is weaker because of him.
Donald Trump has fired up Americans’ political involvement, discourse and understanding in a way that was long overdue, infers Eric Liu of The Atlantic. This is good for our democracy. Even his emergence was fueled by the disfranchised white middle class that chose to get politically engaged. All over the country people are having debates like never before. Americans are taking a stand for their beliefs, whether that be in opposition to or support of Trump. They are educating themselves about things that matter to them and encouraging more cross-partisan political discourse. This new motivation to make our voices heard is a good thing.