The notion advanced by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene concerning the possibility of a “national divorce” between states that adhere to conservative and liberal ideologies was ridiculed by progressive-leaning Democratic members. Moreover, her reply not only garnered her censure but also fostered the impression that she was supporting the concept of an internal conflict within the country.
Conversely, recent scholarly investigations suggest that there is a growing cohort of Democratic Party members who hold her perspective.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner: “In a survey of 2,008 voters conducted by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, 31% of Biden supporters want Democratic-controlled states to secede from the U.S. to form their own country. Among voters who back former President Donald Trump, 41% support secession. What’s more, large groups of both think it’s time to end democracy.”
“Disturbingly, nearly one-third (31%) of Trump supporters and about a quarter (24%) of Biden supporters at least somewhat agree that democracy is no longer a viable system and that the country should explore alternative forms of government to ensure stability and progress,” said an analysis of the survey.
In spite of President Joe Biden’s ostensible dedication to promoting national unity, which he has repeatedly breached by categorizing supporters of former President Donald Trump as “MAGA extremists,” the report indicates that American polarization is intensifying.
The Examiner identified the subsequent findings of the survey as significant:
- A majority of both Biden (70%) and Trump (68%) voters believed electing officials from the opposite party would result in lasting harm to the U.S.
- Roughly half (52% Biden voters, 47% Trump voters) viewed those who supported the other party as threats to the American way of life.
- About 40% of both groups (41% Biden voters, 38% Trump voters) at least somewhat believed that the other side had become so extreme that it is acceptable to use violence to prevent them from achieving their goals.
Based on the findings of the Center’s investigation, Biden currently maintains a lead of approximately 4 percentage points over Trump, with 52% of the electorate supporting Biden and 48% supporting Trump. The results of a survey conducted by CNBC and released on Tuesday, however, indicate that Trump has a four-point lead over Biden, with 46% of respondents favoring Trump and 42% favoring Biden.
Republican from Georgia Taylor Greene tweeted in February, “We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government. Everyone I talk to says this. From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the Democrat’s [sic] traitorous America Last policies, we are done.”
We need a national divorce.
We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government.
Everyone I talk to says this.
From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the Democrat’s traitorous America Last policies, we are…
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 20, 2023
She also proposed revoke an individual’s voting rights for a period of five years upon their relocation from a blue state to a red state.
“Red states could choose in how they allow people to vote in their states… What I think would be something that some red states could propose is, well, ok, if Democrat voters choose to flee these blue states where they cannot tolerate the living conditions, they don’t want their children taught these horrible things, and they really changed their mind on types of policies that they support, well, once they move to a red state, guess what? Maybe you don’t get to vote for five years,” she said.
Both positions were criticized at the time by liberals and conservatives, including Laura Ingraham of Fox News.
And people are criticizing me for wanting a national divorce from the left.
The real problem with my right wing critics are that you forget too easily and refuse to take off your rose colored glasses.
My vision is 20/20.
And I haven’t forgotten. https://t.co/MukISfCXS1
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) February 23, 2023
“Ok, well, first, a law prohibiting American citizens – who’ve not committed a crime – from voting would probably not withstand legal scrutiny,” the host said. “And, second, how would like a national divorce be good for conservatism? Now, why would we want to embrace the states that gave us Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, but essentially give up on the states that gave us Reagan and Trump?”
“The last thing we need is an American breakup of any sort. Remember, a motto of this show almost from the start over five years ago has been ‘no state left behind.’ Just because it often seems like Democrats have given up on America themselves, doesn’t mean ever that Republicans or conservatives should,” she said.