Over the last couple of days, we’ve once again seen the ugly side of social media and it paints a disturbing picture.
The subject matter was the break in at Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home over the weekend.
Trudeau was not at home at the time, but his wife and three children were asleep upstairs in the house when someone broke in and left a threatening note surrounded by kitchen knives.
To think that someone would attempt to terrorize a family like that is frightening, but it pales in comparison to the barrage of mean-spirited and hateful comments that appeared on newspaper comment sections and social media.
The common theme was that the Trudeau’s had it coming to them because they’re Liberals, and numerous personal attacks on Trudeau and his father, which of course, has nothing to do with the story.
The tone of the comments was so vitriolic that even a number of conservative commentators, who often critique Trudeau were appalled by the personal attacks, as they should be.
Sadly, this is another example of a disturbing trend; the erosion of political debate and the rise of mean-spirited , personal attacks on public figures.
Public discourse is essential to the democratic process, but anonymous and hateful ramblings on media websites, only prove how ignorant and ill-informed some people can be.