Vice President Spiro Agnew was labeled a wartime polarizer long before the current officeholder.
For a dose of perspective, check out this clip of Nixon V.P. Spiro Agnew lashing out at the press after a magazine called him “the great polarizer in American politics.” Also, listen to what he has to say about anti-Vietnam War protesters.
Agnew: One magazine this week said I’ll go down as the great polarizer in American politics, yet when that large group of young Americans marched up Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue last week, they sought to polarize the American people against the president’s policy in Vietnam. And that was their right. And so it is my right and my duty to stand up and speak out for the values in which I believe.