Amid the public harassment of Trump officials, exemplifying a sharply divided nation, 42 percent of American voters believe a second civil war is likely within the next five years, according to a new poll.
Significantly, the Rasmussen survey conducted June 21 to 24 found that 59 percent of all voters “are concerned that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence.”
Democrats (37 percent) are more fearful than Republicans (32 percent) and voters not affiliated with either major party (26 percent) that a second civil war is on the horizon.
Most voters fear that political violence is coming from opponents of the president’s policies, just as they did in the second year of Barack Obama’s presidency, Rasmussen said.
Just before Trump’s inauguration, 50 percent of voters believed America was a more divided nation after the eight years of the Obama presidency. Since Trump’s election, the figure has risen to 55 percent.
As WND reported Tuesday, a writer for the popular progressive news website Splinter is warning supporters of President Trump that if they have a problem with the heckling of administration officials in public places, they haven’t seen anything yet, posing the prospect of 1970s-style bombings.
The warning of violence from the left comes amid a call by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for more harassment of Trump administration officials.
Declaring “God is on our side,” she urged supporters at a rally in Los Angeles Saturday to step up resistance to Trump, claiming the president is “sacrificing our children.”
Vowing to “win this battle,”” she said: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”
President Trump responded to Waters in a fundraising email titled “Harassment,” vowing “not on my watch,” the Washington Times reported.
He wrote: “And now Democrat Maxine Waters is calling for MORE HARASSMENT of the Silent Majority. The Left is trying to bully and buy their way back into power. Not on my watch. I will always stand up for you.”
The president charged Democrats are guilty of a double-standard.
“Can we finally admit the truth? Democrats only care about ‘equal rights’ if you’re a liberal,” he said.
Trump directly addressed the controversy over the temporary separation of families who enter the country illegally: “But if you believe a country MUST have borders, the Left doesn’t want you to have a voice in America. It’s time to defend our principles and the agenda America proudly voted for.”
Waters’ call for harassment came a day after a Virginia restaurant owner kicked out White House press secretary Sanders and her family while they were dining. The owner, however, didn’t stop her political activism after Sanders and her family left. She followed family members across the street to another restaurant and organized a protest there.
Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection as soon as Wednesday, CNN reported
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, White House adviser Stephen Miller and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi were among other Republican government officials confronted by hostile protesters last week.
WND reported Tuesday that amid the recent controversy over separation of families at the border, interview guests and analysts on CNN and MSNBC have frequently branded supporters of President Trump as racists and Nazis.
‘I wouldn’t do it’
Democratic lawmakers, while still opposed to Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, are distancing themselves from Waters and her calls for public confrontations with administration officials, the Hill reported.
“Each member has got to decide for his or herself. I wouldn’t do it,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., who like Waters is a past chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Another Black Caucus member, Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., also distanced herself from Waters’ “tactics.”
The Hill said some in the party warn that aggressive tactics, such as calling for impeachment and intimidation, could backfire on Democrats in the midterm elections this fall as they seek to flip 23 Republican-held seats and win control of the House.
“I don’t think it’s productive. It’s probably not helpful” to Democrats, said Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., who faces a competitive race this fall.
The Hill reported Waters defended herself during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday.
Citing sources in the room, the Hill said Waters argued her opinions were protected under the First Amendment and made clear she does not believe in violence of any kind.
Later, she told reporters she wants the focus to be on the the separation of children at the border from parents who are being prosecuted for illegal entry, a policy that President Obama also carried out.
“You know what I’ve decided? I decided I’m just talking about the children. I want the children released, I want a plan. I want a plan for what this administration is going to do to connect these children,” Waters said. “I’m not following all this stuff, because I know what I said. If everybody reads what I said, they know there’s no violence.”