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Divided Politics, According To The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, Are A "key Driver" In Threats Against Legislators.
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Divided Politics, According To The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, Are A "key Driver" In Threats Against Legislators.


Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Karen Gibson said increasingly divisive political rhetoric was a “key driver” behind anger directed at elected officials, noting that threats against lawmakers had increased significantly in 2020 prior to the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

Gibson discussed federal officials' ongoing concern about the rise of domestic extremism in an interview with CNN's Pamela Brown, which aired on Sunday.

“I think political rhetoric is a key driver of some of the anger that Americans feel across the political spectrum towards elected officials,” Brown said, later adding, “It means that there are still threats against a number of elected officials.”

Gibson was appointed in March after her predecessor, Michael Stenger, resigned in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot, in which supporters of then-President Donald Trump took over the halls of Congress, aided by lies about the 2020 election, which saw Joe Biden elected to the White House.

“Now that we have a vaccine for COVID, I think we should work on one for disinformation,” Gibson joked, “but I am concerned about people who simply cannot distinguish between fact and fiction.”

Gibson went on to say that since the Jan. 6 attack, U.S. Capitol Police have become much more aware of the threat of domestic extremism.

“We all have the right to express our political opinions; it’s enshrined in our Constitution, and it’s part of what I’ve sworn to uphold and defend,” she said. “What concerns me is a group of Americans who have fallen for some conspiracy theories and some wacky ideas that are not based in fact.”

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