Puro Politics is a weekly podcast hosted by columnist Gilbert Garcia, covering the drama and nuance of local government issues.
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A new poll released Monday by conservative pollster Frank Luntz offered a disturbing snapshot of where this country stands in the aftermath of a coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol last week by thousands of Donald Trump loyalists.
Luntz found that 64 percent of Trump supporters agree with the premise that “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.”
In addition, 61 percent of the president’s backers say they will never trust elections again.
Those numbers cut to the root of the challenge facing the United States. A significant part of the American electorate gradually has been radicalized to the point of rejecting most of this country’s fundamental institutions. Many of them see armed revolution as a reasonable course.
The FBI can arrest the participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The U.S. House can impeach Trump for fanning the flames of insurrection with his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
But Trump didn’t create this paranoia and resentment. His departure from the White House won’t eliminate it.
The challenge of how to deal with this mentality was one of the topics on this week’s edition of the Express-News’ Puro Politics podcast, which featured an interview with U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.
Castro said it won’t be an easy problem to solve.
“The country has now had four or five years of a steady diet of Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories (and) his racism that animates a lot of this,” Castro said.
“I think racism in the United States is like psoriasis. It goes away and you think that it’s not there; and then it takes somebody to come scratch it, and all of a sudden it becomes the most prominent thing around. And that’s what just happened over the last four years with Donald Trump.”
Hear this and other issues discussed on this week’s Puro Politics.
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