Capitol riots don’t shock KU political science professor

KANSAS CITY, MO – Supporters of President Trump may have shocked the US Capitol, but not Patrick Miller.

Miller is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas.

The educator said he was not surprised to see a mob take over the Federal Building while Congress ratified ballot papers in the 2020 presidential election, making Joe Biden the president-elect.

“I’ve been afraid of what’s going to happen on this day, in particular, for a long time,” Miller said. “But I look at a lot of different things. I look at recent decades, I look at what appears to be a modest increase in political violence in the United States.”

There’s a division in the country that’s been growing for several years, Miller said.

“I think of everything I have seen happening in this country in the last 20-30 years that is increasingly tearing us apart politically. And we as ordinary citizens are taking part in that, and we think, for example, about how popular the partisan media is today,” Miller said. Not just Fox and MSNBC, but all the internet sites left and right that often perpetuate lies quite frankly.”

Images of lawmakers hiding for safety, police officers battling rioters and rioters entering the offices of Congress, the House of Representatives, and the Senate shocked people across the country and the world. However, Miller clarified that there is one group that may not be concerned with exotic images.

I think there are a lot of people in policy-making — and I use that term on purpose, policy-making, because politics has a lot to do with theater. And there are people in this industry, politicians, salaried party functionaries and spokespersons, advisers, people in the media who get paid and earn money, and benefit by perpetuating this division,” Miller said. I don’t think these people are in stages.”

The professor said he had seen surveys indicating a growing hatred between Democrats and Republicans because of their views. He said that people should choose to make democracy work on a daily basis to move forward.


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