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One last word, for now, on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the video tweeted by Paul Gosar in which the Arizona Republican is seen, as a simulated anime character, to hit her, of the same shape, in the back of the neck with a sword.
Joanne freeman is a Yale historian and author of The field of blood, a story of violence highly regarded in Congress before the Civil War.
She has become a popular head of media in the media over the past two years, most notably around the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Tensions and enmities in Congress itself have not reached the level or depths of the 1850s, when members of Congress dueled and a Senator, Charles Sumner*, was violently attacked by a southerner in his bedroom chair, as the United States tore itself apart over slavery. But parallels are there and historians like Freeman are there on Twitter to comment.
Regarding Gosar’s tweet, Freeman wrote: “Threats of violence lead to real violence. They clear the land. They are shaking up the opposition. They plant the idea. They normalize it. They encourage him. They mutilate democracy. And run the risk of killing him.
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* By the way, since we are talking about history: In the now infamous photo below, which shows a Capitol rioter with a Confederate battle flag in the Capitol on January 6, the portrait from the right is of Sumner, the senator from Massachusetts who was an adversary passionate about slavery. And it turns out the guy pictured on the left is John C Calhoun, vice president, senator from South Carolina, avid slavery champion and, and it’s true, possible. model for captain Ahab in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville …
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