At its most effective, political discourse drives a national conversation, informs the citizenry and helps lead to policy changes. But political dialogue also can be uncivil, whether through an Internet post or cable news exchange or on the floors of Congress.
These instances of incivility often take the form of an inappropriate comparison or extreme characterization of an opposing position, a person, or even an institution. Attacks may come in the form of demeaning or dismissive remarks, or statements that directly impugn another’s motives. Incivility also can be characterized by language of violence.
FlackCheck.org offers this Incivility Catalog, containing instances of incivility as well as cases of public figures policing one’s own side and the apologies that sometimes come after uncivil language.