Wildfires

Do Americans hate each other too much to find common ground?

Do Americans hate each other too much to find common ground?

In early December, a wildfire raged through the Great Smoky Mountains and destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Thousands were evacuated. Close to 200 people were injured or made ill by the blaze. Fourteen were killed.

In the midst of this tragedy, numerous messages appeared on social media that were as despicable as they were dispiriting. One man sent out a tweet that said, “Laughing at all the Trump supporters in Gatlinburg as their homes burn to the ground tonight. Too bad it’s not the whole state burning.” Someone else tweeted that “a few confederate flag flying hillbillies losing their mobile homes isn’t newsworthy.” Another...

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