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The Lincoln-Douglas debates included a lot of hate speech from Douglas supporting slavery, and even Lincoln said some pretty racist things.
There was "hate speech" opposing suffrage (for those of you from Santa Monica College, that means voting, not suffering) during the debate over the 19th amendment.
Even the 18th amendment debates included a lot of nasty statements about alcoholism.
The debate of the Civil Rights Act included a lot of hate speech, all by Democrats. Look it up.
This century there was plenty of nasty language about 9/11, the Iraq War, Obamacare etc.
But if you want to believe that people never said nasty things in America before 2016, you're welcome to your fantasy. Kind of like the peaceful Stone Age that many geniuses here write about.
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