Hanson on the rising threat of political violence in the U.S.

November 22, 2023 Folha de Sao Paulo

Jonathan Hanson, Folha de Sao Paulo: "The norms of what's acceptable in terms of political speech are eroding a little bit," says political scientist Jonathan Hanson of the University of Michigan. "In the 1960s, political violence never reached the level of constitutional questioning, like what we saw on January 6th", he compares.

Hanson sees the current wave as the opposite image of what occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, when left-wing movements in defense of minority groups often resorted to violence or were the target of violent repression by the state, as in the protests against the War in Vietnam and those of Stonewall.

"What we're seeing after Trump's election is an attempt, in a way, to react to that," says Hanson, remembering that the businessman succeeded the first black president in the White House, Barack Obama, under the banner of building a wall to prevent immigrants from entering.