Study Group with Alice Stewart: From the Reagan Rule to the Trump Tweets: Was 2016 Incivility an Aberration or Precedent-setting?

Former President Ronald Reagan encouraged colleagues to “not speak ill-will of fellow Republicans.  Former President Barack Obama advised Democrats to “avoid the circular firing squad” in the primary. In the Trump era we have the line from the hit series Game of Thrones, “It’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you’ve put a crown on its head.”  Whatever happened to civility in politics, do voters care, and what does the future hold for a return to issues-based campaigning?