Biden wants unity but public remains divided

Joe Biden wants unity, but it may be he’s expecting far too much.

Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden once again called for unity in a Thanksgiving speech, but a new Rasmussen survey suggests he’s living in a fantasy world, perhaps largely created by a divisive campaign that followed years of unrelenting attacks on the man he will presumably replace in January.

Supporters of President Donald Trump contend he did not have a single day of peace in the White House. He entered hounded by false accusations of collusion with Russia, followed by an impeachment effort based on questionable-at-best evidence, and that was followed by the COVID-19 pandemic panic in which his critics politicized a viral outbreak filled with confusing and frequently conflicting information.

Now, Rasmussen Reports says “U.S. voters now regard each other as a bigger enemy than Russia or North Korea and just as dangerous as China.”

According to Rasmussen, “that 24% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden voters are America’s biggest enemy as 2020 draws to a close. The same number (24%) see China as enemy number one.”

“Nearly as many (22%) regard Trump voters as the biggest enemy,” Rasmussen’s data says, “while 10% view Russia and seven percent (7%) North Korea as the largest threat to the United States.”

The same survey reveals that 37 percent of Republicans think people who voted for Biden “are the biggest enemy,” while 35 percent of Democrats think the same way about Trump supporters.

In his Thanksgiving speech reported by NPR, Biden told his listening audience, “We are at war with the virus not with each other.”

To the contrary, if one were to pay attention to social media, Democrats’ hatred toward Trump and his supporters is visceral, while conservatives—and especially gun owners—are ready to essentially treat Biden the way they feel the president was treated since the 2016 election by liberals and the establishment (“legacy”) media. Many contend that Biden deserves to be hounded about his son’s foreign business affairs, his Capitol Hill career spanning more than four decades, and his gaffe-a-day history.

As for Biden’s unity plea, NPR quoted Arizona Democrat Abbi Gold, observing, “That’s a wonderful sentiment, (but) it’s probably a really sweet pipe dream.”

And there is a genuine concern he will not finish out a full four-year term, thus saddling the country with Kamala Harris in the Oval Office, which critics predict will be an unmitigated disaster.


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