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US faces era of political violence as threats against lawmakers rise

US faces era of political violence as threats against lawmakers rise

Washington, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) The recent statement by former President Donald Trump that a Senate member must have a "death wish" arouses controversy in the United States over the increase in threats against political figures.

Trump’s penchant for violent language has now targeted Republican House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after his support for a Democrat-backed law.

According to The Hill newspaper, this comment published on Trump’s Truth Social platform delves into a political scenario toxicity in which many lawmakers are already taking security measures in response to growing threats.

An investigation by The New York Times found that registered threats on congressmen multiplied by 10 from 2016 to 2021.

According to House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her office receives an “astronomical” figure of threats and she was deep concerned this issue lacks necessary attention “unless someone gets hurt.”

Meanwhile, Senator Susan Collins emphasized how she would not be surprised if a congressman was killed, and regretted the erosion “of limits what is considered as acceptable behavior.”

McConnell is a frequent target of Trump’s wrath, as he lambasted former president as an “old crow” and a “tinker politician,” but the minority leader and his inner circle rarely respond to avoid fueling “the fire.” of the media outrage on which former president feeds,” The Hill reported.

Yet today´s statements have been criticized, including that of the The Wall Street Journal, which assured that comment was “ugly even for Trump standards”.

Rep. Liz Cheney called the comments an “absolutely despicable and racist attack,” while Rep. Bennie Thompson called them “incendiary.”

According to media analysis, political violence has recently increased in the United States, especially after January 6, 2021, as hundreds of pro-Trump people stormed into the Capitol, and threats became commonplace on issues sensitive nationals.

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