Worryingly, many Americans believe their country will face civil war within the next 10 years, and one senator is already talking about “riots in the streets” if former President Donald Trump is accused of keeping classified documents.
More than two-fifths of Americans think a civil war is at least somewhat likely to break out in the next 10 years, according to a new poll by YouGov and The Economist — a figure that rises to more than half among “convinced Republicans.” “, reports The Guardian, according to the News.
The results of YouGov and The Economist daily are similar to those of other surveys.
On Sunday night, South Carolina state senator Lindsey Graham predicted the outbreak of “riots in the streets” if Trump is accused of keeping classified documents after he left the White House, materials recovered by the FBI from the former president’s residence last month August.
Several police officers committed suicide after the Capitol attack
Mary McCord, a former acting deputy attorney general, told CNN it was “incredibly irresponsible for an elected official to make veiled threats of violence if law enforcement and the Department of Justice … are doing their job.”
Saying “people are angry, they can be violent”, shows that “what (Trump) knows and what Lindsey Graham knows… is that people listen, mobilize and do things”, he added.
“January 6 was the result of the same type of tactics by President Trump and his allies,” McCord emphasized.
Nine deaths, including suicides among police officers, have been linked to the attack at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when Trump told supporters to “fight hard” to overturn the results of the presidential election.
Since then, fears of political violence have grown.
Most experts believe that a large-scale armed conflict, such as the American Civil War of 1861-1865, remains unlikely.
But many fear an increase in political division and explicit political violence, especially as Republican politicians who support Trump’s claims of voter fraud are running for Congress and key state positions.
Most Republicans are even convinced that a civil war will break out in the US
“Countries with democracies and governments as strong as the US do not fall into civil war. But if our institutions weaken, the story could be different,” said Rachel Kleinfeld, civil conflict specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
In the survey conducted by YouGov and The Economist, 65% of respondents said that political violence has increased since the beginning of 2021, and 62% believe that political violence will increase in the next few years.
Also, the participants were asked: “Thinking about the next 10 years, how likely do you think there will be a civil war in this country?”.
Among all American citizens, 43% said that the outbreak of a civil war is at least likely. Among strong democrats and independents, the figure was 40%. But among convinced Republicans, 54% said civil war is somewhat likely.
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Publication date: 30-08-2022 13:01