The nation is more divided than ever since the American Civil War … [+]
On Saturday, an Iowa Trump supporter said a “civil war” was imminent, and unsurprisingly, Twitter responded with more than 76,000 tweets by the afternoon on Sunday. Most made fun of the idea, and memes made fun of the supposed army of Trump supporters.
The firestorm actually started when the supporter spoke to MSNBC’s Gary Grumbach and was blunt about the union’s position. Grumbach (@GaryGrumbach) shared the woman’s comments on Twitter:
“I think Republicans are as weak as they can be in Congress. You may have six worth your money, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and two or three others. The rest is the same ”as the Democrats. You have been there too long. You are the establishment. They don’t care about the American people because they are in their elite little tower. And we’re just sick of it you know . We won’t take it anymore. I see civil war coming. I do. I see civil war coming. “
A divided nation
It is true that the nation is as divided as it has been since the actual American Civil War (1861-1865), but “armed conflict” action is particularly likely. Because instead of essentially a regional conflict like the war between the states, which was primarily driven by the question of slavery; Our current “non-civic war” is a political one, fueled by our two-party system and each side’s stance on hot topics such as racial justice, gun control, abortion, electoral legitimacy, climate change, vaccines and masking requirements.
To make matters worse, there is largely a lack of trust, a point that is confirmed almost daily on social media. The country has evolved from being largely apolitical to one that seems to debate endlessly about politics on social platforms.
The Winds of Civil War?
While actual civil war is unlikely, as the Brookings Institute reported last month, many Americans believe such a conflict could break out in the future – 46 percent said actual war was likely, compared with 43 percent who said it was unlikely . The report also found that politically there is still a belief that the other side just isn’t playing fair.
Those feelings were among the spotlights on Sunday’s social media, but the vast majority of the posts openly mocked former President Trump’s supporters and their ability to engage as “soldiers” through a range of colorful memes:
Other uses did not see as much humor in the situation and instead focused on the fact that even the threat of conflict reflects our national divide.
@BettyBowers remarked, “A civil war would be the first thing civilized in America since 2016.”
“There may not be a civil war, but unfortunately there will be incidents of violence across America and people still do not take seriously the threat of a radicalized, weapons-grade GOP cult. Wait until there are vaccines for children and mandates in schools are off the rails, “wrote Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli), columnist for Daily Beast.
SirusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah (@DeanObeidallah) suggested, “‘Civil War Coming’ is trending. It doesn’t have any different reasons, but a big one is the Civil War in 1861 when the Red States said we were going and the Blue States waged a war Save the Union If the Red States wanted to leave today, the Blue States would say, “Check-out time is 1:00 PM”.
Writer John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) also tried to downplay the tidbit, tweeted, “There is NO civil war coming. The huge masses of decent, compassionate people here are being challenged by a hateful, conspiratorial, extremist minority who want white evangelical theocracy ”. Americans can’t just allow them to. “
And at least one user on Twitter, comedian Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon), has the topic of “civil war” trending on Twitter. ‘Is the restaurant good?’ “
But the fact that the “civil war” has made the rounds suggests that the road to bridging the great political divide will not be quick and will probably not be easy.