Second, I think it might polarize the country even more than it is now.
They say rape-y things Rick Ross is hardly the first rapper to polarize with lyrics about rape.
But if you polarize the political scene, you have to cultivate support on at least one side.
1811, in optics, from French polariser, coined by French physicist Étienne-Louis Malus (1775-1812) as a term in optics, from Modern Latin polaris "polar" (see polar). Transferred sense of "to accentuate a division in a group or system" is first recorded 1949 in Arthur Koestler. Related: Polarized; polarizing.