What's the Connection Between Divisive Rhetoric and Violence?

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President Donald Trump addresses a 'Make America Great Again' rally at at Bojangles Coliseum on October 26, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Events over the last week, including a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue and mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats, have many people asking whether America's divisive political rhetoric led to the violent acts. Forum discusses if and when language leads to violence.


Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director, National Institute for Civil Discourse

David Schanzer, director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University