The political divide is only showing signs of widening based on trends in social media … [+]
While most Americans are likely looking forward to the end of 2020, the beginnings of 2021 are much more similar so far. The Covid-19 pandemic is still with us and it could be months before the world returns to normal.
Even more ominous is the fact that the political divide is only showing signs of widening in the early days of the new year due to trends in social media. On the first weekend of 2021, #StopTheSteal showed ongoing outrage from both sides.
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) (@JohnCornyn) responded to calls from his GOP colleagues to hold a Senate hearing on the action. “We should welcome the debate. It is a very important topic. My question is whether new evidence will be presented on the 6th? Anyway, I’m all ears.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (@SenTedCruz) made a similar statement. “There is a deep distrust of our democratic processes that needs to be addressed. That is why I call for a 10-day emergency audit to resolve serious allegations of election fraud and not immediately reject them.”
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Was among the House Republicans calling for an election investigation on social media, and wrote on Sunday, “Had a great meeting today with people from Stop the Steal at our nation Capitol. I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them that I look forward to doing MY duty on January 6th. #StopTheSteal #legalvotescount “
Such comments from Republican lawmakers indicated that they are doing everything in their power to reach their base. While it’s doubtful that this will actually turn the election results upside down, it will help build a dynamic that could make it difficult for President-elect Joe Biden to actually deliver on many of his election promises.
It shows that the nation will remain divided, especially since not only Trump supporters have accessed social media with so much volume.
Writer and progressive activist Steve Rustad (@ SteveRustad1) was one of those who highlighted why the nation remains so divided: “President? Trump was never president. He’s the mob boss of a crime syndicate, a gang of perpetrators, racists, traitors & Liar. Only 17 days and he’s GONE # StopTheSteaI2021 #EndGunViolence President Pelosi DeWine OANN Betrayal Mask Steve Schmidt Sally Yates Cruz Navarro “
How can we ever hope to part if those who oppose President Trump continue to treat his presidency as illegitimate even in victory? Such a comment does not mean that 75 million Americans voted for Trump.
Activist Mark Judson (@ Judson4Congress) was among those who claimed the Senate Republicans’ actions to challenge the 2020 election were inflammatory. Judson commented, “You are wondering why the GOP FEARLESS is in riot mode? They stole the 2000 and 2016 elections – we did nothing. They invented a war in Iraq – we did nothing. They looted the treasury for trillions – we haven’t done anything. Until we punish them – that’s up to us. # StopTheSteaI2021 “
Horror writer Eric Lahti (@ericlahit) was on the left who responded directly to the question of electoral fraud, posting, “I keep hearing about mountains of evidence of electoral fraud, but so far I’ve only heard of 3 people in PA who did double Voted for Trump. Shut up. # StopTheSteal2021 “
John O. Brennan, former director of the CIA, whose Twitter feed says he’s impartial (@JohnBrennan), showed a bit of partiality this weekend when he offered this fairly partisan stance on the GOP’s efforts to overturn the elections will object during the counting of the votes of the electoral college by Congress,
@ HawleyMO is the clear winner of the “Most Craven, Unprincipled & Corrupt Senator” award. Senators Johnson, Paul, Graham, McConnell, Cruz, and Rubio were very competitive, but Hawley wins. “
At least some showed signs that at least effective governance was continuing. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) (@SenToomey) tweeted, “I voted for President Trump and put him up for re-election. But on Wednesday, I intend to vigorously defend our form of government by opposing these efforts to disenfranchise millions pronounce. ” by voters in my state and others. “