University of California professor Barbara Walter, an skilled on civil conflicts, stated the U.S. Capitol riot had “made it impossible to deny and ignore that there really was this cancer growing” of anti-democratic sentiment in America.
Walter, after CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan confirmed her footage of Donald Trump supporters repeating the previous president’s 2020 election lies and claiming democracy within the United States was lifeless, stated her response to such rhetoric solely 10 years in the past “would have been shock and disbelief.”
“I would have thought, ‘Well she’s an outlier and she’s not representative of anything larger than a fringe movement maybe,’” Walter stated. “But of course, that’s not the case anymore.”
Experts on civil wars had been speaking concerning the warning indicators within the U.S. “but nobody wanted to believe it,” she stated.
(*1*) she continued, referencing falsehoods spouted by Trump, right-wing politicians and conservative media, earlier than slamming cynical leaders for “feeding them lies consistently.”
“They’re priming their supporters to believe that democracy isn’t worth defending because they don’t want democracy anymore,” she added.
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