According to one research study this year, some 18 percent of Democrats believe that political violence is justified, either a “little” or “a lot.” The same is true for about 14 percent of Republicans.
The survey also found that 42 percent of Americans believe their political opposition is “evil.” That’s nearly 50 million Americans, if the polling is accurate.
Around 20 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Republicans believe the country would be better off “if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died.” [source: pdf]
I’ve made my outlook clear that a “low intensity conflict” is already baked into America’s future. In fact, we’re already seeing it develop through economic, information, political, and cultural warfare — and occasional political violence. (See the last update on the “Second American Civil War”. I’ll write another update for March 2019 — sign up below to receive it by email.)
The New York Times this morning urgently warned about the fallout from the Mueller investigation:
“[A] darker theme is emerging: a message that Mr. Trump’s perceived enemies will pay.”
There may be some truth to that, even as Democrats quickly turn their focus away from re-litigating 2016 and towards winning in 2020.
Is turnabout fair play?
Are we just pretending at this point that we’re not locked into a serious struggle over the future of the country?
President Trump’s troubles may not be over, as there are still ongoing Congressional investigations, and the Southern District of New York has open criminal probes into the Trump Organization and its periphery.
If the result of the Mueller investigation is any indicator, criminal charges are likely to further inflame Leftists against Trump and his supporters, and a lack of criminal charges are likely to inflame Trump supporters against the Left.
It may be well into 2020 before we begin seeing significant violence again, like the kind that occurred through 2016 and early 2017, but I’m betting that Americans on both sides find a way to justify political violence in the future.
Always Out Front,