The study found that 11.6 percent of US adults agree that a “use of force” is permissible to “Prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.” This amounts to around 30 million people.
A total of 3,543 US adults were polled for the survey in June 2023, with a reported margin of error of two to three percentage points.
University of Chicago professor Robert Pape, who led the research, said that while he believes recent indictments against former President Trump have created “radicalization,” there is also “growing anger and radicalization on the left as well.”
“The public is more radicalized than it was in April and it’s really quite significant,” said Pape. “We’ve been tracking this quite a while, and this is a really big bump.”
What Pape did not mention is that the number of people who will approve of violence when it serves a desired political outcome on the left dwarfs that of the right. In the same study, it was determined that the amount of Americans who say the use of force is justified to return Trump to the White House has shot up from 6 million in the past few months to about 18 million people. This is almost half the amount of people who justified using violence to keep Trump out of office.
Some of these figures may not be incredibly surprising given some of the recent news in US politics. As American legal scholar and George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley pointed out, the Tennessee House embodied an American “age of rage” after three Democrat congressmen, Reps. Justin Jones of Nashville, Justin Pearson of Memphis, and Gloria Johnson of Knoxville effectively shut down the legislative process by using bullhorns, yelling, and also allowing a crowd of anti-gun protestors into the House floor this spring.
Another pertinent example was seen with Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), who was seen screaming about some of his colleagues not backing a gun control bill.
At one point, when Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tried to talk to Bowan about their disagreement, the Democrat congressman bellowed: “I was screaming before you interrupted me.”
After being asked by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) to calm down and stop yelling, Bowman grew more indignant, yelling louder and pointing at Massie’s face. Bowman then touched Massie as he attempted to walk away from the confrontation.
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