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October 9, 2016 Worried about the phenomenon of Donald Trump? WSU professor says political incivility has always existed
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By Gwen Davis

Think our current presidential political landscape is unprecedented, and worse than it’s ever been?

On Sunday, the Highline Historical Society put on a presentation, "American Rage — Division and Anger in US Politics". Presented by Washington State University professor, Cornell Clayton, the program compared the current period of political incivility with other flashpoints in American history to prove how incivility has served as a catalyst to move the nation forward when other means had failed.

The presentation was held at SeaTac City Hall.

“We have a terrific program for you today,” a Highline Historical Society member began. Before the program began, she gave the approximately 50 attendees an update of the society’s fiscal business.

Clayton, who has a PhD in politics from Oxford University, broke the presentation into three sections.

“I think we can all agree that incivility is around us everywhere in politics,” he began. “You know it’s bad when the people who seem most civil are the comedians, such as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.”

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