“A Dangerous Escalation”: Fifty-Six Percent of Voters Believe President Biden Sought to “Incite Conflict”

Many of us (including some Democrats) have criticized President Joe Biden for his inflammatory speech in Philadelphia that cast Republicans as “threats to the foundations of our republic.” I also objected to the use of Marines at the political speech like nutcracker props flanking the President as he accused millions of their fellow Americans of being enemies of the state. Now, a Trafalgar poll shows that a majority of Americans believe that Biden tried to “incite conflict” with his speech.

The poll asked respondents, “What is your opinion of President Biden’s recent primetime address to the nation in which he accused his political opponents of representing ‘an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic’?”

Fifty-six percent of the voters said that the speech “represents a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict amounts Americans.”

For many, the speech was the final refutation of Biden’s pledge to be a unifier as president after two years of highly partisan and divisive actions. It was also a failure if intended to rally independents and others to his side. Yet, the speech may have had more modest objectives.  The same 35 percent of hardcore supporters liked the speech and Biden may have decided, again, to play to that base.

Whatever the reason, the speech added to the rage of our politics.  For his part, Donald Trump quickly bulldozed any moral high ground after the speech by denouncing Biden as an “enemy of the state” and calling the FBI “vicious monsters.”

With the leaders of both parties engaging in such rhetoric, it is little surprise that a majority of the public now believes that there will be an increase in political violence.

We are experiencing a near total failure of leadership in our country. Politicians on both sides are fueling rage for personal and political advantage. It is a dangerous and craven form of demagogueryJames Freeman Clarke once said that “a politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.” We have far too many politicians today and far too few statesmen at an increasingly perilous time for our country.

328 thoughts on ““A Dangerous Escalation”: Fifty-Six Percent of Voters Believe President Biden Sought to “Incite Conflict””

  1. “The Biden regime was so sure the COVID vaccines were safe that it exempted Congress from taking them.” (e. robinson)

  2. “The Biden regime is trying to make it a crime to be a Republican.

    What’s the GOP doing about it? Nothing.”

    (e. robinson)

  3. This is what happens when Democrats ‘win’ elections with their largest constituency: the dead people vote.

  4. And how many of that 56% FOOLishly voted for a mentally feeble man in the basement??

  5. Prof. Turley, ..no disagreement with your wisdom, however, allow me to add another dimension of thinking re: ‘Dangerous Escalation…’ Although the de facto ‘Leaders’ of their Parties, there are major differences between JB & DT. In this case, we have seen an acting Head of State\ Head of our Nation in hateful tone calling roughly half of ‘his people ‘enemies of the state..’ and followed by DT’s retort calling a spade a spade. I can understand DT’s short fuse, from being bullied & persecuted, lie upon lie, mainly from taking his words out of context, non-stop, like the surf, before during & after his tenure as President.. In a major Tennis Match (like now in the US Open…) players are only rarely positioned to think in the moment about what strategy to apply to an oncoming ball, as they are always constantly coming, fast & furious.. rather, they just react and in defense hit the ball back.. ..this is what DT does re: the relentless attacks coming at him, incl. the missile from JB… Perhaps someone of your stature whom he can trust can point out the better practice of stepping off the court long enough to strategize better returns for different scenarios… As for JB, it appears he already has counsellors telling him how to behave…

    1. RE:”Prof. Turley, ..no disagreement with your wisdom..” Trump’s inability to assume a statesman-like stature and eloquent speech is forever his Achilles heal. There is no hope for that ever-changing. Where it otherwise it might have served to carry the achievements of his presidency.into a second term. What those supporting Biden had hoped was going to be improved on is hard to fathom in that he was very clear what his plan going forward would be and what he would be ending on his very first day in office. These and other manifestations of a short-sighted electorate are what brings us to today. Those in these pages who see it otherwise are free to do so. I have no need to carry this further. It is what it is.

      1. “Trump’s inability to assume a statesman-like stature and eloquent speech is forever his Achilles heal. “

        In part, Trump won because some of his flaws matched what he had to offer and appealed to people that have watched smooth talkers promise but give nothing. Accepting Trump, with the flaws described, is the best we can do, and it is better than all the Democrat alternatives that would face him.

        Some surgeons are fantastic, and their offices would overflow if their bedside manners improved. I would rather have a skilled surgeon than a fantastic talker.

      2. Trump’s inability to assume a statesman-like stature and eloquent speech is forever his Achilles heal.

        Progressives have carefully crafted the expectation that credentials and eloquence will equate to good governance. Of course if that “actor” comes stamped with a D, then we’re not to question the actual policies they contrive.

        Regarding Trump, he’ll never appeal to these voters. He could end a DOJ policy that targeted only Democrats for persecution and they’d argue he violated their rights to be persecuted.

    2. Right behave like 75 million people don’t have the preamble to benefit their posterity….what about the who feed you…raise you armies and fix all your broken”luxuries”. That “soul of america.’ …he gives the check to for gender studies at al….I thinknot. And so long as we keep denying him his troops….we win. And the 86000 it’s agents pretty much defines a troops for any coming wars….indeed can be even recruit that many? Even with huge bonus…he can’t recruit a military…..laughing stock.!

  6. Mr. Turley,

    I think you have it exactly backwards. The problem isn’t the politicians or our leaders, the problem is the people. I don’t care for Trump or Biden and I clearly see that both of them are dividers not uniters. But the majority (I would say about 50-60% of the people) want this sort of dividing speech. they like it or like to be scared that the “other side” is evil. You get the leaders you deserve. This country deserves Trump and Biden and their respective crappy political parties. If they didn’t want this behavior they wouldn’t stand for it. You have the cart before the horse.

    1. Democrats have been a fear mongering party forever.
      Barry Goldberg was opposed by Democrats painting him as an extremist that would get us into nuclear war.
      Reagan was opposed as a senile old man; someone who would start an arms race with the USSR and get us into WWIII with his “evil Empire” rhetoric and “Star Wars” fantasy weapons. The Democrat fearmongering lies against Reagan were epic. Recall the charge that Bush flew to Paris to cut a deal with Iran that release of American hostages would be delayed until after Reagan’s inauguration.
      George H. W. Bush was opposed for the war in Kuwait; remember “no blood for oil”?
      George W. Bush era remember the Democrats accusing that Republicans if elected were going to push granny in her wheelchair off a cliff and destroy social security? Oh and that Bush stole the election? Remember Cindy Sheehan? And the daily running total on war dead that magically stopped when Obama was elected?
      Democrat Russia collusion hoax
      Democrat charge that Trump laundered Russian money
      Democrat charge that Trump closing border to delay Covid pandemic was xenophobic
      Democrat charge that Trump would get us in a war with North Korea
      Democrat charge that Trump is a racist
      Democrat charge that Trump is anti-Jew
      democrat charge that Trump praised white supremacists
      Democrat Ukraine Call Hoax
      Democrat “armed insurrection” hoax on January 6th

  7. Joe Biden has always been a shameless mediocrity who accomplished little of public value but managed to enrich himself and his family over decades in Congress. Now, as a senile president whose own party doesn’t want him to run again, he is a desperate fading mediocrity. I didn’t think anyone could be worse than Trump, but I was wrong. This confused, flailing old man wants to incite another Civil War with his irresponsible rhetoric and loopy accusations. It is vitally important the GOP regains both Houses of Congress in the upcoming mid-terms. Biden needs to be contained and restrained until he leaves office. He is a menace to the Republic.

    1. Joe Biden was”…articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,…that’s a storybook, man.”

      Joe Biden was the perfect figurehead and marionette willing to “serve” the corporations in the corporation state.

      Joe Biden was bought and paid for by Delaware et al. to provide corporations what corporations want.

      The Biden Crime Family has been bought and paid for ever since.


      “Why do so many corporations choose to incorporate in Delaware?” (excerpted)

      I’m often asked why the majority of Fortune 500 companies, more than 60% actually, have chosen to incorporate in the small state of Delaware. Why are more than 75% of all new initial public offerings in the U.S. done by companies incorporated in Delaware, a state with fewer than 1 million residents? Why is Delaware able to generate more than 25% of its general fund revenue from the incorporation business? And why have other states been unable to steal this business away from Delaware?

      “Corporations want to operate under modern laws that clearly spell out what they can and cannot do. But other states could enact such laws, or simply copy Delaware’s. So the Delaware corporation statute can’t by itself account for Delaware’s success in attracting corporate incorporations.

      “The other major reason corporations choose to incorporate in Delaware is the quality of Delaware courts and judges. Delaware has a special court, the Court of Chancery, to rule on corporate law disputes without juries. Corporate cases do not get stuck on dockets behind the multitude of non-corporate cases. Instead, Delaware corporations can expect their legal disputes to be addressed promptly and expertly by judges who specialize in corporate law.”

      – Jan Ting, April 27, 2011

  8. Are there really 300 comments here? No, there are 100 comments and 200 screenscrapes of way off topic nonsense from left wing publications posted by one or more nameless coward(s). Is the coward(s)’ intent to cut down readership of the blog? I understand the blog author’s support of free speech but it would not be free speech to let someone hide in another room during a public meeting/discussion session on Subject A while someone piped in jibberish about other subjects so that people could not follow the relevant discussion

    1. “Is the coward(s)’ intent to cut down readership of the blog?”

      No. It’s a typical tactic of the intellectually dishonest — to distract attention away from Biden’s meet-your-maker speech.

    2. Dennis, we’re not seeing that many ‘left wing’ comments. They are few and far between.

      But we’re seeing a huge number of comments that sound a lot like ‘you’ under a parade of different names.

      It’s like you’re blogging from the House Of Mirrors at an old fashion carnival. All the images you’re seeing are grossly distorted.

  9. The sad but interesting thing is that Lois Lerner’s testimony was just unsealed and its on the Judicial Watch’s website.
    What it showed was that even back in 2012, Obama politicized the government to his advantage. The lawsuit by the conservative group was settled, the testimony showed criminal behavior and intent, yet no one was charged.

    In 2016, Susan Rice memorialized a meeting of Obama and his inner circle, including Joe Biden.
    If memory serves… Joe Biden wanted to use the Logan Act to go after Flynn. And Obama’s Administration did spy on Trump.

    Joe Biden’s speech was meant to be a rallying cry and to give credence to the talking heads and some members of the House who complain that MAGA types are a threat to Democracy.

    Watch as this theme gains speed before the midterms. Watch as they paint Trump backed candidates as a threat and attempt to get MSM behind it.

    IMHO that strategy will fail.
    MSM’s support of Biden has turned.
    They may get ABC and MSNBC… but CNN and others? Already things are changing. In terms of the press. WaPo definitely will be on board. NYT? Iffy.
    A reporter here or there… but not enough to make this work.


  10. William “Mr. Deep Deep State Swamp” Barr was called out of retirement from service to the Deep Deep State Swamp through the Sam P. Bush (i.e. railroad/steel industrialist among Rockefellers, Harrimans, the Fed, Coolidge et al.), Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush dynasty (and I do mean nasty, pre-“kinder and gentler”) (poor Jeb, right?).

    He was attached as AG, and “Deep Deep State Swamp” mole, to the Trump administration after the disaster known as Jeff Sessions. Unfortunately, Advice and Consent by the Deep Deep State Swamp Senate gives the Deep Deep State Swamp the power to force inimical AGs et al. on the President. The Check and Balance for that is the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution, which the Supreme Court must impose, by sworn oath and through Judicial Review, on every act of the Executive and Legislative branches.

    It doesn’t.

    The singular America failure has been and remains the judicial branch, with emphasis on the supreme court. The “Sovereign” in America is the Constitution; it must be accurately and faithfully brought to bear by the judicial branch and supreme court.

    It hasn’t been.

    Plaque on the walls at the “Deep Deep State Swamp” DOJ, FBI, CIA et al.:

    “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”

    – Lenin

  11. This a terrific article about the FBI. Great questions on how the citizens view our so called premier law enforcement agency.

    In a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 53 percent of Americans agreed with the Roger Stone statement that there is “a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.” Over half of Americans think the bureau is turning into the Gestapo, and Director Wray still doesn’t see the need for reform. That includes 25 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans who view the FBI unfavorably.

  12. I must agree with the article. Take your mind off that for a moment. Can you imagine if he drank liquor and/or pills?! Love you Mr.Pres., but please…

  13. “Anonymous (the troll who posted @ 4:37) says some pretty ugly and untrue things.”

    I am sure what was said was entirely true, however what follows is more interesting.

    Was Trump ever caught on a hot mic promising a Russian president that he would try to ease Russian worries about Eastern European missile defense if only the Russians would give him space during his 2012 campaign for president against Mitt Romney?

    What we forget about the 2011 Seoul, South Korea hot-mic Obama exchange with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was that all the conditions outlined in their hushed 2011 recap were adhered to by both parties: Obama did dismantle plans for a joint U.S.-Eastern European long-range missile defense—a system that might be now of advantage to the U.S. and its allies. Putin did stay quiet during the Obama campaign cycle. Obama did get reelected. And Putin did invade Ukraine and Crimea only after Obama was elected (or, a cynic might put it, because Obama was reelected).

  14. “Sensible readers would go no further.”

    Of course ATS you are talking as if you were the sensible reader. Thinking readers would go further or read the entire article.

    “Politicized National Security

    Did Trump blatantly use the national security apparatus of the government to enhance his own reelection bid in 2020? That is, did he do anything analogous to Obama’s gambit with Vladimir Putin in 2011?

    Was Trump ever caught on a hot mic promising a Russian president that he would try to ease Russian worries about Eastern European missile defense if only the Russians would give him space during his 2012 campaign for president against Mitt Romney?”

  15. Ah, you’re talking to yourself, again. lol

    If Trump wished to abuse his power over the IRS, he would have followed the Obama model of weaponizing it during a reelection year to go after his ideological enemies.

    In Obama’s case, the tax agency slow-walked or denied nonprofit status for groups whose ideology was deemed not helpful to Obama’s campaign in 2012. There was a reason Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment, and it was not to protect Donald Trump.


      Obama will never be eligible for the office of the president; Obama can never be a “natural born citizen” as every president before him was.

      Obama weaponized the IRS against political opponents.

      Obama failed miserably in Benghazi – “What difference, at this point, does it make,” bawled Hillary.

      Obama has been conducting the on-going Obama Coup D’etat in America against Real President Donald J. Trump, of late, turning Donald and Melania in to Julius and Ethyl Rosenberg.

      Obama is a Clear and Present Danger to the Republic that Ben Franklin gave Americans.

      “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

      – Barack Obama

      “We will stop him.”

      – Peter Strzok to FBI paramour Lisa Page

      “[Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.”

      – Lisa Page to FBI paramour Peter Strzok

      “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before 40.”

      – Peter Strzok to FBI parmour Lisa Page

      “People on the 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this [Trump] server.”

      – Bill Priestap

      1. Is it true that Lois Lerner is coming out of retirement and going back to the IRS to manage the staff expansion?

  16. “He’s got it right. He is most certainly part of the fringe.”

    ATS, I will provide more of the same hoping that your stupidity can be eradicated with knowledge.

    Did Donald Trump weaponize the feared IRS, the logical place to find fascistic tendencies of any president bent on using government to punish his enemies? Did he push through a plan to add 87,000 new IRS investigative agents at a time of national discord?

    For the last five years, Trump was rumored to be under investigation by the IRS. Currently, his accountant is facing felony sentencing for advising improper write-offs.

    Certainly, from the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and the remarks of Hunter’s associates like Tony Bobulinksi, the Biden family raked in millions of foreign dollars. Evidence so far suggests Joe Biden was a recipient (as the “Big Guy”) of 10 percent of these quid pro quo payments. At times, Bobulinksi may have sent a strapped and broke Hunter thousands of dollars in cash gifts. Were any of these stealthy transactions taxed? Does the recently heavily Biden-endowed IRS care?

  17. “S. Meyer-ATS is a waste of tiemm.”

    ATS, rather than engage you in your stupidity, I will give you something to read and continue doing so until I finish the article. I will give others a chance to read it in its entirety by providing its address. Who knows, you might read it and benefit. Feel free to comment on it at will.

    The Strangest Thing About ‘Semi-Fascist’ Trump
    Victor Davis Hanson

    For the Left, Donald Trump is synonymous with “fascism” (or “semi-fascism,” as Joe Biden put it the other day). And for Liz Cheney and most of the NeverTrumpers, he remains an existential threat to democracy.

    But to quantify those charges, what exactly has Trump done extralegally—as opposed to his bombast and braggadocio about what he might have wished to have done?

    And what are the standards by which to judge this supposed menace? Did Trump illegally and with a mere signature nullify over $300 billion of contracted student loans—to firm up his college-student and college-graduate base nine weeks before the midterm elections?


    1. That has to be one of VDH’s best posts. Thank you!

      We’ve got sociopaths in the deep state running this country and generations of demoralized, intellectual zombies at their disposal.

      1. Thanks Olly. What would be interesting is if ATS could tell us point by point why VDH is wrong. He won’t because he can’t. It is not that he doesn’t recognize a lot of these truths rather he will lie to promote his ideology. To him ideology is more important than the truth or even the lives of many, except his own.

        1. SM, he’s not stupid. He’s one of the intellectual zombies I mentioned. I know you are familiar with what Bezmenov said about these people. You’re wasting your time if you believe you are just one fact away from this zombie having that aha moment. But I don’t believe you engage him for that reason. Regardless, I will refer to him as ATZ.

          1. “SM, he’s not stupid.”

            Maybe, maybe not. Maybe he got good grades in math+. We are dealing with critical thinking skills. While he has a bit more than Natacha and Svelaz, he ranks very low in that department. He has no imagination and cannot think out of the box.

            Therefore, as good as his math+ grades might be, he probably always had to work under someone who was a thinker or worked following a pattern.

            Is he stupid, stupid? No. Does he have the intellect to learn? Possibly, but he is too set in his ways.

            I probably wouldn’t have given him a name if he didn’t hide under anonymous anonymity. But, I had to separate him from the pack. Therefore I call him Anonymous the Stupid, or ATS for short. I am not actually directing my thoughts to any of these zombies.

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