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How American politics went batshit crazy, starting with Newt Gingrich

There are numerous reasons American politics went off the rails, but there are at least six seminal events in the past 24 years that steered us here.

Sound smart: Politics is growing more personal, polarized and pugnacious. This dynamic is particularly acute on the right. This will likely get worse before it gets better as the trends outlined below continue unabated.

Reproduced from a Pew Research Political Polarization report; Graphic: Axios Visuals