Sunday Afternoon Tabs

While threats may target a bipartisan array of public officials, data from the last decade shows that 96% of murders in the U.S. linked political to extremism are committed by right-wing actors. Recent polling suggests, however, that more than half of 2020 Trump voters surveyed believe the opposite is true.

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    [D]ata from the last decade shows that 96% of murders in the U.S. linked political to extremism are committed by right-wing actors. Recent polling suggests, however, that more than half of 2020 Trump voters surveyed believe the opposite is true.

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

  2. CSK says:

    Please. It’s COACH Tuberville. Not Senator Tuberville. Not Coach Senator Tuberville. Not Senator Coach Tuberville.

    Personally, I like Horse’s Ass Tuberville.

  3. anjin-san says:
  4. gVOR10 says:

    That last tab, violent threats, shows the validity of the MSM bothsides framing. Democratic and Republican officials and candidates alike are being targeted by right wingers

    The article in the link mentions the guy in Utah who got shot by the FBI. Other sources note he had a Ghillie suit and an M24 rifle. The rifle is a military sniper version of a Remington hunting rifle. I looked online. They go for about $1800. I’m always impressed by the weaponry the “economically anxious” seem to be able to afford.

  5. Gustopher says:

    Via WaPo a story local to me: Racial tensions linger in Montgomery after dock brawl.

    The article is a lot of “people fear a white backlash”, but doesn’t show any white backlash. I’m hopeful that nearly everyone looks at a bunch of white people attacking a Black guy, and then getting their asses lightly kicked* by every Black person around and thinks “well, they got what was coming to them.”

    Even people who are a little bit racist don’t think they’re racist, and aren’t going to want to identify with the white attackers.

    I’m an optimist, I suppose.

    *: anyone hospitalized? They got off light.

  6. Jay L Gischer says:

    On why he thinks Christianity is in crisis:

    It was the result of having multiple pastors tell me, essentially, the same story about quoting the Sermon on the Mount, parenthetically, in their preaching — “turn the other cheek” — [and] to have someone come up after to say, “Where did you get those liberal talking points?” And what was alarming to me is that in most of these scenarios, when the pastor would say, “I’m literally quoting Jesus Christ,” the response would not be, “I apologize.” The response would be, “Yes, but that doesn’t work anymore. That’s weak.” And when we get to the point where the teachings of Jesus himself are seen as subversive to us, then we’re in a crisis.

    Wow. I would make a terrible pastor, I think. I would have responded to them with “why do you even come here?”