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Age of Rage: UChicago Report Finds 30 Million Americans View Violence as Justified To Keep Trump for Power

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  10 months ago  •  9 comments

By:   JONATHAN TURLEY

Age of Rage: UChicago Report Finds 30 Million Americans View Violence as Justified To Keep Trump for Power
I recently asked, in light of the free speech implications of the second federal Trump indictment, when the price is too high for those seeking to jail the former president. The chilling answer is found in a new report out of the University of Chicago showing that almost 12 percent of the population, representing 30…

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I recently asked, in light of the free speech implications of the second federal Trump indictment, when the price is too high for those seeking to jail the former president. The chilling answer is found in a new report out of the University of Chicago showing that almost 12 percent of the population, representing 30 million people, believe that violence is warranted to prevent Trump from assuming the presidency. That is almost double the number who believe that violence is warranted to ensure that Trump does become president.

As discussed in The Guardian, the Chicago Project on Security & Threats survey found many Americans are embracing violence as an option for political change.

We have watched as rage has risen in the country. It is often celebrated by one side or the other. I previously discussed how a scene like the recent confrontation on the floor of the Tennessee House perfectly captured our "age of rage." Protesters filled the capitol building to protest the failure to pass gun-control legislation. Three Democratic state representatives — Justin Jones from Nashville, Justin Pearson from Memphis, and Gloria Johnson of Knoxville — were unwilling to yield to the majority. They disrupted the floor proceedings with a bullhorn and screaming at their colleagues.

It is a scene familiar to many of us in academia, where events are regularly canceled by those who shout down others. The three members yelled "No action, no peace" and "Power to the people" as their colleagues objected to their stopping the legislative process. Undeterred, the three refused to allow "business as usual" to continue.

Nobel Laureate Albert Camus once said, "Insurrection is certainly not the sum total of human experience but … it is our historic reality." Those words came to mind when Tennessee's House of Representatives expelled two members accused of disrupting legislative proceedings in what some called an "insurrection" or a "mutiny."

Only a few days before the Tennessee House floor fight, a confrontation occurred off the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington which captured perfectly this new political reality.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) was shown on videotape screaming about gun control in the Capitol as his colleagues left the floor following a vote. Various Democratic members, including former House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), tried to calm Bowman. However, when Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) asked Bowman to stop yelling, Bowman shouted back: "I was screaming before you interrupted me" — which could go down as the epitaph for our age.

The problem is that political figures on both sides are attempting to harness this rage. They are playing a dangerous game. Trump's inflammatory tweets are an example. Likewise, former Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison, now the Minnesota attorney general, once said Antifa would "strike fear in the heart" of Trump. This was after Antifa had been involved in numerous acts of violence and its website was banned in Germany. His son, Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, declared his allegiance to Antifa as riots raged in his city last summer.

Unleashing such rage is difficult to control and often those leading the mob find themselves later pursued by it. This is why, during the French Revolution, the journalist Jacques Mallet Pan warned, "Like Saturn, the revolution devours its children."


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    10 months ago

I believe there is a mistake in the title. The word for should most likely have been from.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    10 months ago

It is 'from'.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2  Sean Treacy    10 months ago

We saw in 2020 the Democratic leadership's embrace of violence, working  to pay for the bail of rioters. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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3  devangelical    10 months ago
30 million people believe that violence is warranted to prevent Trump from assuming the presidency

I just saw an article that claimed 20 million trumpsters thought violence was justified to re-install trump back into office. cool... I'm ready...

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1  Ronin2  replied to  devangelical @3    10 months ago

Sure you are. 

Someone that was really ready wouldn't be advertising it online. 

"Get your weapons and ammo here!" Is what we are seeing.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.2  Greg Jones  replied to  devangelical @3    10 months ago
"cool... I'm ready..."

Go get 'em, keyboard warrior!  jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2    10 months ago

keyboard warriors are all talk 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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4  Jeremy Retired in NC    10 months ago
 30 Million Americans View Violence As Justified To Keep Trump For Power

They going to fight from their safe spaces?  Will their parents let them fight from their basements?

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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5  Nerm_L    10 months ago

Yeah, Democrats are going to become increasing violent as they realize this ain't about Trump.  People are so pissed off at Democrats that their usual gaslighting, guilt tripping, asswiping tactics aren't working.  Violence is the only thing left for Democrats to fall back on.  Politics has become a blood feud. 

Politics is becoming less and less about winning elections.  Republicans want payback for crap like this:

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