calling someone with whom you disagree names, however obliquely, is precisely the kind of behavior Trump is normalizing.
Well, if I insulted you in any way, then I apologize. It was not my meaning and I still don’t see an insult in what I wrote.
I think plenty of people pointed out flaws in Trump’s personality and in his policies (or lack thereof during the campaign).
There were many hand waving and virtue signaling that got emphasized much more than any common sense and respectable debate or criticism. There was much more controversy about something the candidate said about 12 years prior and reading way too much into it, along with a portrayal of his character that makes much sense and was mostly used to insult the man, rather than point to the flaws in his character. I’m sure you could find a few instances where that wasn’t the case, but this is not really the rule-of-thumb with the attitude that people had toward him, perpetrated by the left-leaning media.
Unfortunately this didn’t make much of a difference, as I pointed out in the first paragraph.
It did make a difference. It got him elected. We could probably find correlation between the personal attacks against him and his rise in popularity. Quite frankly, the media and supporters of his opposition chose the wrong tactic with him.