I think human nature remains the same as one moves from either end of the political spectrum to the other, and both our major parties employ the same tactics while campaigning. (They are quick to emulate each other’s successful tricks.) That’s politics.
Two recent items serve as excellent rejoinders to the persistent myth about the conservative “climate of hate” pushed by the Left.
James Taranto writes in The Politics of Bloodlust:
America’s liberal left is preoccupied with salacious fantasies of political violence. These take two forms: dreams of leftist insurrection, and nightmares of reactionary bloodshed. The “mainstream” media ignore or suppress the former type of fantasy and treat the latter as if it reflected reality. This produces a distorted narrative that further feeds the left’s fantasies and disserves those who expect the media to provide truthful information.
Michael Bowers has compiled this gallery of left-wing hate at Facebook. A tiny sample: