Political and social polarization in the United States: A view from Texas
Monday, 27 November 2023, at 16:00-17:00 EET/15:00-16:00 CET
On this year’s Veterans Day holiday (11 November), Donald Trump used his social media platform to “pledge…that we will root out the Communists, Marxists, Racists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our Country, lie, steal, and cheat on Elections, and will do anything possible, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America, and the American Dream.” While some prominent political commentators and historians were quick to denounce his remarks as especially “incendiary” and “dehumanizing,” others lamented that they were just another manifestation of the deepening polarization of US politics and society.
At the national level, examples of political and social polarization are often reflected in Congressional gridlock and precedent-shattering Supreme Court rulings. In the run-up to the November 2024 general election, Transatlantic Currents intends to explore how polarization has taken hold at the state and local levels, as well.
For our first episode on this theme, we will discuss developments in Texas. Already ranked in 2020 as one of the most polarized states, Texas has become a battleground for some of the most politically and socially fraught issues—such as abortion rights, gun violence, immigration, and the conduct of elections—that now dominate the national political debate.
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