Thinking Aloud

The problem with 'what's the matter with you?'

A difference of opinion does not mean there is something wrong with the other party

If you are looking for an example of all that is wrong with political debate today, the reply thread of any tweet sent by United States President Donald Trump is a top-notch resource.

On any given day, on any given tweet, there will be a host of people from both sides engaging in petty partisan name-calling and everyone essentially accusing everyone else of being a racist, a bigot or a traitor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 14, 2019, with the headline 'The problem with 'what's the matter with you?''. Print Edition | Subscribe