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The threat of political violence looms over this election – Brospar Daily News

WASHINGTON — The reality is that political violence is the real threat to our nation.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin, as did the FBI. There have even been instances of threats faced by officials from both sides in recent weeks.

After the Supreme Court ruled on abortion this summer, a man was arrested with a gun and charged with attempting to kill Judge Brett Kavanaugh near the judge’s home.

In July, Congressman Li Zeldin (R-NY) was assaulted by a man at a political rally.

Last week MP Pramila Jayapal revealed to the Washington Post A gunman screamed outside his Seattle home for more than an hour.

Additionally, the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, and the FBI office in Cincinnati was attacked by a Navy veteran who police say has ties. with extremism.

According to Capitol Police records, there were approximately 3,900 threats against members of Congress on Capitol Hill in 2017.

Last year there were more than 9,600.


One congressman was particularly outspoken about the threats he faced. Congressman Adam Kinsinger (R-IL), one of only two Republicans on the committee on Jan. 6, tweeted the audio of some of the threatening voicemails his office received.

“I pray that it is God’s will that you suffer,” one caller said.

“We know where you live,” threatened another.

Improve security

These threats, and others, are driving taxpayers to pay for more security for members of Congress. Typically, only those in leadership positions, such as Speaker of the House or Minority Leader, are protected.

In recent weeks, Capitol security officials have approved $10,000 in security upgrades to the congressman’s residence to pay for things like new alarms, doors or lights.

voter question

Voters are starting to take the threats seriously, with some recent polls showing the threat of political violence propelling some voters into this election.

In fact, a CBS/Yougov poll from late August It shows that 64% of Americans think political violence will increase from here.

In January 2021, after the January 6 attacks, only 51% of Americans thought so.

Recent NBC poll identifies threat of political violence as a driving force for voters in this election.

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