After clearing the air about the fake allegations of Trump/Russia collusion, which was quite polarizing in the FFZ and then the insipid impeachment over a phone call because the previous fake allegations about Trump evaporated, things have quieted down quite a bit. From what I'm seeing the presidential campaign is far from polarizing especially as the Democratic Party continues pull back the curtains of who they are with their ever increasing support of Bernie Sanders. People are seeing the clown show of the Democratic Party for what it is, a neo-communist party. It won't become polarizing, at least in the FFZ, until or unless, some members want to give full throated defense for what the Leftist...Democratic Party is about to do, nominate their first openly Communist* candidate.
Well, I don't want to make light about the domestic political situation in the US. But its toxic because of the zero sum game both sides are taking in there. And its only going to get more intense as the presidential election goes deeper. Even posting something positive about Trump is risky because of not wanting to add to the zero sum position of his side. I can't say that any of the candidates from the democrat side for the 2020 election are any better than Trump.
*Not my description, that of James Carville, Democratic strategist for Bill Clinton.
It's very concerning to find that now Sanders is coming out on top of most democrat polls. There's more of the democratic debates that I would want to watch before furthering my response. So it'll be a bit until then.
Just to finish up after becoming more on page, in the New Hampshire debate, about 40 minutes in, the topic of impeachment came up. Warren, Sanders, and Tom weighed in on it as if the impeachment campaign was entirely legitimate , although at the end of it, the moderator pointed out before moving on to the next topic that the impeachment phase is all done. It seems like the candidates are still willing to pull that card, but maybe will reserve it as an add-on when felt that time would be limited in making a rebuttal to it.
As for the polarizing, I think it what comes from Trump's style which was of course a reaction to the political correction, etc., problems that got Trump elected. But I think his style might be rubbing too many people that wrong way and so complex topics like socialism vs capitalism gets simplified with general negative emotion towards Trump. If Sanders keeps doing well, then it partly might be because of a reaction to Trump. But I couldn't say that Trump should change his style. I don't know. He of course still seems to do very well in the rallies for starters and overall seems to maintain his lead by just constantly sticking to a hard hitting boastful style.
From watching some of the recent democratic debates, there seems to be some degree of friction between Sanders self-declared "Democrat Socialism" and some of the other candidates but most in particular, Buttigieg. But even though the topic of "who can beat Trump" did produce points that his "Democrat Socialism" which cannot bring in the moderates and Republicans that they claim they can get, it can still be pointed out that in the end they are saying that they need to stick together and be united and all that to take down Trump.
On that last sentence of the above paragraph, and just going on tangent now, and interesting observation, even though they are talking about having to get more people from moderates and Republicans, and Sanders saying that the only way to beat Trump is to get more people than ever before, particularly the young people in their 20s, to go out and vote. The funny thing of them saying that is that it implies that they simply do not have majority support. Another funny point was in the Warren saying in the beginning part that the Democratic Party is supposed to be the party or the workers and yet, they have to reclaim the support from the working class. I haven't watched the democratic side of things for quite some while but still kept an eye on a number of Trump rallies. I had become a little surprised in how often Trump boasts about the employment rates among various ethnicity groups and women, along with other sorts of economy related points. Like he makes those points a lot. Watching the democratic debate made it clear as to why he does it. That economic point and particular jobs really eats into what was the democratic support base I think.