After last Wednesday's attempted assassinations of congressional Republicans on a Virginia baseball field, a new poll shows that Americans are more sure than ever that divisive political anger incited it.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) nearly died when he was shot in the hip in the attack. He was under “imminent risk of death” and will spend “weeks” in the hospital, according to doctors. A congressional aide and two Capitol Police officers were shot while returning fire, in which the shooter was fatally wounded.
The would-be assassin, James T. Hodgkinson, was a Bernie Sanders presidential campaign volunteer in Iowa, and his social media postings plainly showed hatred toward President Donald Trump and Republicans. He carried a list of congressional Republicans he planned to kill.
A Rasmussen poll shows that an increasing number of people believe that America is more politically divided than ever:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults believe the shooting incident was the result of political anger in this country. Only 28% think it was a random act of violence by an unstable person.
Rasmussen reports that far fewer people believed that the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) by Jared Loughner, a paranoid schizophrenic, had to do with politics:
By comparison, just 28% said the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Arizona in January 2011 was the result of political anger.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who, as CNN's Jake Tapper asserted in the interview above, has been “speaking the language of revolution for many years,” has softened his tone since the shooting. Instead of famously wagging his finger and predicting that people “will die” if Republicans repeal and replace Obamacare, Sanders says Americans should “fight back” in protest but cautions against violence.
Just before Trump took office, 50 percent of those Rasmussen polled said that America was more divided than ever after Barack Obama took the country more left. Now, 61 percent of Democrats believe Trump didn’t win the election in November.
That's pretty divided.