Yes, well, some of us had hopes that, when Trump was not spewing hate from the Oval Office, life would calm down.
In fact, the Republican Party has grown more radical, more radical in a specific way. It’s become more catastrophically pessimistic. In one poll, people were asked, do you think politics is for policies or do you think it’s for national survival? More than 50 percent of Trump voters think it’s about national survival. Only 19 percent think government is about policies.
In another survey question, people said, which of these two comments do more agree with, it’s a big, beautiful world filled with people who are mostly good, or our lives are threatened by criminals, terrorists and illegal aliens, immigrants? Seventy-five percent of Biden voters supported big beautiful world; 66 percent of Trump voters supported our lives are at threat.
And so here’s a group of people who feel the very existence of the country they know is threatened and they have to armor up. They have to get violent. They have to prepare for the coming conflagration.
And that’s just a horribly pessimistic mentality in a country where democracy depends on us having faith in each other and having some sense of psychic security. And so that deep, deep pessimism is, I’m afraid, radicalizing the party, and ongoing.