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These CNN Fans Were Outed for Their Gross Reactions to Ron DeSantis’ Wife Getting Cancer

News that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ wife has breast cancer inspired an outpouring of well wishes — and some disturbing reactions from members of CNN’s audience.

SO WHAT

The political divide in America is deepening – and getting nastier.

WHAT HAPPENED

DeSantis, a Republican, announced Monday that his wife, Casey DeSantis, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

In a statement, Ron DeSantis referred to his wife as a “true fighter” who has touched “the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady.”

THE REACTION

Prominent Republicans, like Fox News host and former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and others responded on Twitter with supportive words for Casey and Ron DeSantis, who are parents to three young children.

The CNN report about the announcement, though, drew a number of comments suggesting Casey DeSantis deserved cancer because of her husband’s COVID-19 policies — and conservative Twitter users highlighted some of the ugliest replies.

The popular Libs of Tik Tok Twitter account highlighted similar sentiments from other liberal Twitter users.

WHY SO MEAN?

America’s political culture has undeniably gotten more vicious, and the trend has been widely blamed on increasing affective polarization, or animosity between political partisans.

OK, but: As recently outlined by The New York Times columnist

  • Brendan Nyhan, a political scientist at Dartmouth, told Edsall “we should renew our scrutiny of the role of elites and political systems in fomenting illiberal behavior.”

Other researchers, like Emory University political science professor Alan Abramowitz, have argued that polarization may actually be a good thing because it promotes democratic engagement.

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