Left-leaning news organizations and political commentators are turning to ominous predictions about the future of the nation with dire warnings of an impending civil war if Republicans take back control of Congress in November with less than a month until the midterm elections.
Since the raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8, when liberal pundits repeatedly asserted on-air that developing mistrust of the U.S. government among Trump supporters would result in increased political violence, talk of a second civil war among liberal journalists, television personalities, and lawmakers has grown more prevalent.
Weeks later, in a contentious address in Philadelphia, President Biden said that “MAGA Republicans” and his predecessor posed a threat to “the very foundations of our nation.”
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Left-wing media personalities have backed Biden’s narrative in the days since, issuing Americans a grim warning as they head to the polls: If Democrats don’t win the midterm elections, they warn, the nation should prepare for civil war.
Tim Alberta, a staff writer for The Atlantic, admitted last week that he is “bed-wetting” over the prospect that the nation may be moving “toward a meaningful scale of civic violence.”
We are talking about a large-scale, deadly civil conflict that is organized not just around political and ideological disagreements but also around perceived threats to economies and way of life, the speaker stated.
Mehdi Hasan of MSNBC shared a similar viewpoint this week on his broadcast, describing the 2022 midterm elections as a decision between the destruction of democracy and unavoidable uprising.
“To me, democracy looks like it’s over in America if the election deniers on the right win in November 2022,” added Hasan. “Fascism is a permanent force. And if they lose, God forbid, we could see a civil war, internal terrorism, or another uprising.
On Twitter, comedian Kathy Griffin said that supporting Republicans in November is equivalent to supporting rioting.
Vote for Democrats in November if you don’t want a Civil War. Vote Republican if you want the Civil War, she advised.
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In August, Joy Reid’s “The ReidOut” program featured MSNBC host Tiffany Cross claiming that a civil war was already underway in the country and that it was too late to stop the use of divisive political rhetoric and threats against the FBI in the wake of the Trump raid.
“The train pulled away from the station.” The rhetoric cannot be addressed. We need to have serious discussions about preparing for actual violence right now. People frequently predict a civil war. A civil war is underway, in my opinion. And I’m not trying to be dramatic,” she added.
Cross was repeating a talking point made by Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., who asserted on a previous episode of her program that the GOP gaining control of Congress after the midterm elections would ’embolden’ violent right-wing extremists who desire to control the levers of American power through a “civil war.”
The great replacement myth and other factors have radicalized this group, he said, and they have been pushing for violence and even civil war. As a result, he continued, that is what is at stake in this election right now.
John Heilemann, a national affairs expert for MSNBC, claimed on “Morning Joe” last month that Trump’s base will be “more aroused and more violent” than in prior elections.
According to Heilemann, “the individuals who will be at the center of his camp will be more energetic, ginned-up, and eager to take to the barricades to do whatever is necessary to try to reinstall him in power.” “And there’s the risk,” the speaker said, “because those are the individuals who are willing to do things like take up guns and press the questions and methods that lead to civil war.
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough concurred, stating that “maybe now it’s all about the violence.” “It’s all about an uprising,” Everything is, in “Trump’s” mind, a civil war.
In the months leading up to the Civil War, which started in 1861, the nation is confronting a perilous time that recalls the 19th century, according to Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Online print newspapers like The Washington Post continued to publish analyses from “21 experts” that frequently warned of social unrest and the demise of the republic if Trump were to win reelection in 2024.