The divisive political atmosphere has people afraid they will lose their jobs if they express an opinion. The situation is as extreme now as it has been in decades.
Political scientist Terry Madonna at Franklin & Marshall University says if you make a comment, you are branded.
“With the extreme polarization is to stereotype people,” Madonna says. “If you're for Trump on one thing, you must be for Trump on virtually his entire agenda.”
In liberal California, actors who support the president don't get called for jobs. One former reporter at ESPN, Britt McHenry, thinks she was laid off because she had expressed conservative views.
Other groups of people just don’t talk any more.
“People are walking away from friends because of the toxic environment that exists,” Madonna says. “Brutal. I mean (no more) conversations within families, with neighbors.”