The Poison of Trump’s Intolerant Language: Violent Rhetoric Is a Road to Civil War

The Poison of Trump’s Intolerant Language: Violent Rhetoric Is a Road to Civil War

For Salon, Heather Digby Parton examines the effect of former President Donald Trump on our culture and our politics. Parton writes that Trump’s display of his intolerance for anyone who disagrees with him is making more and more people embrace political violence. The 2023 PRRI American Values Survey, published in partnership with the Brookings Institution, found that one in three Republicans agree that “because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country” (22% of Independents and 13% of Democrats also agree). Among those who believe the Big Lie, however, 46% believe they may resort to violence, as well as 41% of Trump supporters, percentages that represent tens of millions of Americans.


How Risky for Biden Is Arab American Anger Over Israel?

In an opinion column published by the Alabama Political Reporter, Bill Britt writes that in Alabama, a stronghold of conservatism, its diversifying electorate is bringing the state to a political crossroads. While some political and faith leaders continue promoting rigid ideology, Republican-led culture war battles are encountering increasing resistance from younger voters and those less inclined toward religious conservatism. Data from the PRRI Census of American Religion corroborates this transformation, showing that in 2022 nearly four in ten Americans ages 18–29 (38%) were religiously unaffiliated compared with 20% of those ages 50–64 and 17% of those ages 65 and over.


How Four Nuns Were the First Native American Women in the Military

Mariel Padilla at 19th News traces the origins of Native American women serving in the U.S. military back to four Lakota Sioux women who were members of a small religious order on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota in 1898. The nuns cared for sick and injured soldiers, enduring jarring conditions and racism throughout and in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Today, Padilla highlights that Native Americans and Alaska Natives serve in the Armed Forces at five times the national average, noting that the women serve in higher concentration than any other ethnic population.


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Watch a roundup of the panel discussion held at the Brookings Institution about the 2023 American Values Survey findings here.