On Apr 24, 2018, President Trump said about his nominee to head the Vets Admin - Dr Ronny Jackson "To be abused [in the confirmation process] by a bunch of politicians that aren't thinking nicely about our country?"
Wow. Trump believes Democrats who question nominees are unpatriotic / do not think nicely about the USA?
We Democrats should face this head on. (I'm not the best guy for diplomacy, nor strategy, but other Democrats are.) Our patriotism should not be impugned by this idiot (Trump is an idiot for saying that global statement!). There are patriotic Republicans and patriotic Democrats. It's valid to criticize Admiral / Dr Ronny Jackson on many levels his leading a 350,000 person Veterans Administration; a person could be an incredible doctor, but a poor administrator, or have lapses of judgment, or vice versa.
Republicans who hate Democrats, or even omit them (as Trump did by not inviting any Dems to the Apr 24 2018 State dinner with French leader Macron), are doing a disservice to the nation and the people / the citizens they supposedly represent.
As a Democrat, I will try to reach out to Republicans, and not get involved in name calling nor invectives. Hey: I've taken Anger Management, and try to use it in daily life.
Think back when a man said that he's "scared of an Obama presidency" and a woman said Obama "is an Arab". Sen McCain said there's no need to be scared, and shook his head that Obama is not an Arab, but is a decent family man, whom I just happen to have disagreements with. The US Constitution Article 6 says Congressional members "shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States". That's any office. Let's not use religion or party to divide us. We're better than that.
E.g.: I read in the NY Times about a conservative Cornell graduate: "He knows his conservative politics rankle some of them. “I find liberals to be more destructive than terrorists,” he said." Well, he's a random person, but that exaggeration should not carry up to our public discourse, especially our leaders.