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The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY JENNIFER HARPER

76% OF AMER­I­CANS NOW FEAR ‘PO­LIT­I­CAL VI­O­LENCE’

“If there’s one thing Democrats and Repub­li­cans can agree on, it’s that there’s a greater dan­ger of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence these days,” says a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey, which finds that 76 per­cent of likely U.S. vot­ers be­lieve this unique, dis­turb­ing threat has def­i­nitely in­creased in re­cent days.

Among both Repub­li­cans and con­ser­va­tives, 74 per­cent agree that “po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence” is on the rise; so do 81 per­cent of Democrats and 83 per­cent of lib­er­als, the poll found. Among the three dozen sep­a­rate de­mo­graph­ics listed in the sur­vey, Democrats and lib­er­als were among the most fear­ful — along with fed­eral em­ploy­ees (81 per­cent), re­tirees (82 per­cent), peo­ple over 65 years old (83 per­cent), and those who “strongly dis­ap­prove of Pres­i­dent Trump” (86 per­cent).

“It is clear that we have a di­vide, a ma­jor di­vide in Amer­ica that does not seem sur­mount­able. It does not seem repara­ble. It does not seem like it is pos­si­ble or even likely to find any com­mon ground, when many Amer­i­cans think that their No. 1 en­emy is the other po­lit­i­cal party, which is a fact on the left. Scary times,” talk ra­dio host Rush Lim­baugh told his au­di­ence Mon­day.

The sur­vey also found that only 6 per­cent of vot­ers over­all feel there is less of a dan­ger of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence; Repub­li­cans and Democrats es­sen­tially agreed on that one. An­other 16 per­cent say the po­ten­tial for vi­o­lence is about the same; 18 per­cent of the Repub­li­cans and 11 per­cent of the Democrats agreed.

Mean­while, a new Gallup poll has some promis­ing news for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion about a dif­fer­ent type of vi­o­lence: 70 per­cent of the pub­lic have con­fi­dence in the U.S. gov­ern­ment to pro­tect its cit­i­zens from fu­ture acts of ter­ror­ism.

“This re­flects a re­cov­ery of con­fi­dence from the last time the ques­tion was asked, im­me­di­ately af­ter a ter­ror­ist shoot­ing in San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, when 14 peo­ple were killed,” the Gallup anal­y­sis said, not­ing that the con­fi­dence mea­sure fell to 55 per­cent in 2015 fol­low­ing that at­tack.

The June 7-11 poll is Gallup’s first mea­sure­ment of Amer­i­cans’ trust in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to pro­tect its cit­i­zens since Mr. Trump took of­fice. The time pe­riod has been marked by two ma­jor ter­ror­ist at­tacks oc­curred in Bri­tain dur­ing May and June.

HAN­DEL’S SIM­PLE TRUTH

“The press re­ally wants to make this na­tion­al­ized. But when all is said and done, it is all about the peo­ple of the 6th Dis­trict.”

— Karen Han­del, Re­pub­li­can can­di­date in Ge­or­gia’s 6th Dis­trict, at a cam­paign stop Mon­day, the day be­fore polls open in the most ex­pen­sive U.S. House elec­tion in his­tory.

MR. CLIN­TON IS IN TOWN

For those who track such things, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton is still mak­ing speeches. He’ll be in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal on Tues­day to de­liver the key­note ad­dress for the In­ter­Ac­tion Fo­rum 2017 — de­scribed by or­ga­niz­ers as “the first ma­jor meet­ing of U.S.-based

THE SEKU­LOW FAC­TOR

☆ in­ter­na­tional aid groups since Pres­i­dent Trump pro­posed ma­jor cuts to U.S. for­eign as­sis­tance in his FY 2018 bud­get.”

Also on hand to have their say: Joyce Banda, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Malawi; Mary Robin­son, for­mer pres­i­dent of Ire­land; and Kristalina Ge­orgieva, CEO of the World Bank.

Hol­ly­wood has taken note of veteran at­tor­ney Jay Seku­low, who joined Pres­i­dent Trump’s le­gal team ear­lier this month.

“Will Lawyer Jay Seku­low Be Trump’s New Fa­vorite TV Sur­ro­gate?” asks Hol­ly­wood Reporter me­dia an­a­lyst Jeremy Barr, who de­scribed Mr. Seku­low as “a long­time lawyer for the Chris­tian right.”

Among other things, Mr. Seku­low was chief coun­sel for the Amer­i­can Cen­ter for Law & Jus­tice and has ar­gued cases be­fore the Supreme Court 10 times.

”Seku­low ap­peared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ CBS News’ ‘Face the Na­tion,’ CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ and Fox News Sun­day. On Mon­day morn­ing, the blitz con­tin­ued, as he ap­peared on CNN’s ‘New Day’ and Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends’,” Mr. Barr writes.

In the af­ter­math, Mr. Seku­low earned con­sid­er­able cov­er­age for his ap­pear­ances — as well as much me­dia cu­rios­ity — in­clud­ing The Wash­ing­ton Post, Newsweek, Sa­lon, CNN, Ax­ios, The New York Times, Sky News, Real Clear Pol­i­tics and sev­eral dozen other news or­ga­ni­za­tions.

MR. BUSH UPS THE ANTE

No, we’re not talk­ing about for­mer Pres­i­dents Ge­orge W. Bush, Ge­orge H.W. Bush or for­mer pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Jeb Bush. We’re talk­ing about Ge­orge P. Bush, son of Jeb, and cur­rent com­mis­sioner of the Texas Gen­eral Land Of­fice, a sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful po­si­tion in the Lone Star State.

There has been per­sis­tent chat­ter that the younger Mr. Bush, 41, the new cus­to­dian of the Bush fam­ily’s po­lit­i­cal dy­nasty, boast­ing both a sturdy re­sume and track record. He is also an at­tor­ney, a Naval Re­serve of­fi­cer, real es­tate in­vestor, en­ergy con­sul­tant — and has an­nounced he will seek re-elec­tion to his of­fice, con­tin­u­ing his mis­sion, he says, “to turn a bold, con­ser­va­tive agenda for Texas into con­crete con­ser­va­tive re­sults.”

Among other things, Mr. Bush says he has fought off big gov­ern­ment and rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, he ad­vises, and stood up for pro-life val­ues, mil­i­tary veter­ans, ed­u­ca­tion and the preser­va­tion of the Alamo.

A BLANKLEY MO­MENT

The Colorado-based Steam­boat In­sti­tute sends a re­minder that ap­pli­ca­tions are open for the Tony Blankley Chair for Pub­lic Pol­icy and Amer­i­can Ex­cep­tion­al­ism — named for the jour­nal­ist and gen­tle­man scholar, Tony Blankley, a for­mer edi­to­rial-page ed­i­tor for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

“Young jour­nal­ists and emerg­ing con­ser­va­tive thought lead­ers” are en­cour­aged to ap­ply the group ad­vises, not­ing that the fel­low­ship re­cip­i­ent re­ceives a $10,000 stipend, travel ex­penses, speak­ing en­gage­ments, pub­lic re­la­tions and so­cial me­dia sup­port, and ex­ten­sive net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Hurry, though. The dead­line is June 30; the ap­pli­ca­tion can be found at Steam­boat­in­sti­tute.org.

POLL DU JOUR

● 55 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say law en­force­ment of­fi­cials should be able to ac­cess lo­ca­tion data from a per­son’s cell­phone as part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

● 54 per­cent say law en­force­ment should be able to ac­cess GPS data

● 53 per­cent say they should have ac­cess to call his­tory.

● 49 per­cent say they should have ac­cess to text mes­sages or chat his­to­ries

● 48 per­cent say they should have ac­cess to in­ter­net brows­ing his­tory

● 45 per­cent say they should have ac­cess to pho­tos or videos. Source: A Morn­ing Con­sult poll of 2,200 U.S. adults con­ducted June 8-12.

● Mur­murs and asides to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Demon­stra­tors with op­pos­ing views ar­gue at a free speech rally on the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley cam­pus. De­spite po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, 76 per­cent say there’s a greater dan­ger of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence to­day.

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