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From Barack Obama’s “You go into some of these small towns . . . they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion” to Mitt Romney’s “47 percent of the people . . . I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility” to Hillary Clinton’s “You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” it should be a rule of politics: Don’t attack the voters.

Stereotyping millions of Americans is rude and uncivil. It offends millions of other Americans (including me) who don’t want powerful people to insult the less powerful.

Attack your opponents and other political leaders, but leave the masses of voters alone.