Yep. POTUS set the example and people feel encouraged
Gonna call BS on that. Its true Trump is not civil, but its crazy to blame him for every evil in the world and the source of all that is wrong. To think Turmp just showed up one day and everyone started acting out is foolish, to say the least.
America was well divided before the 2016 election, Trump didn't create the rift, he just came out of it.
News flash utopian dreamers, there will always be racist, nasty people. And someone like Trump displays an attitude of not being civil, but everyone who joins him in that is showing they prefer to be on that level. And that includes most the MSM, most celebrities, and most subscribing to a radical (ignorant) leftist narrative. They are no better than him but promoting more violence and unrest than him, his supporters, or anyone else.
The more the prevailing culture drag the Overton window left off the map, the more enraged the opposition to PC will become. The likes of Maxine Waters and the rest of the rabid leftists who CLAIM to hate trump so bad prove they are actually more like him than anyone else.