What she said:— Evan Shapiro (@eshap) October 10, 2021
“I see civil war coming.”
What she forgot:
“And our side is currently dropping by the thousands daily from an easily beatable virus. So, yeah, we’re pumped.” pic.twitter.com/9AbDzjtEE0
We’ve all seen the polls.
Over half of Trump supporters now support secession. Around a quarter of Trump supporters are strong supporters of secession. They are increasingly open to the possibility that America is dead. Maybe it is too far gone to save and we should secede or revolt or do something else.
This woman was interviewed at the Trump rally in Iowa this weekend. It seems to me like a good reflection of the sentiment that is being picked up in the polls. Before the 2020 election, a majority of Americans believed that the country was on the verge of another “civil war” and were worried about a surge in post-election violence. Most Americans also correctly believed that the winner of the election would be considered illegitimate by the losing side. They got that one right.
I think three things are true here:
- The country is bitterly polarized and only growing more divided by the day
- Americans tend to believe the situation is worse than it is
- Nothing much is happening
We’re in a place now where elites have been radicalized. Millions of normies on both sides have been radicalized. Politics is framed on both sides as an existential crisis. The elites are also getting used to breaking norms and taking extreme actions which is making the division worse.