Trump held a rally at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines on Saturday. At the event, Trump supporter Lori Levi told MSNBC that she believes the U.S. is headed for a "civil war." Levi criticized Democrats and Republicans, saying most members of the GOP are "as weak as they possibly could be in Congress."
"They're establishment. They don't care about the American people because they're in their elite little tower," she said. "So we're just sick of it, you know, and we're not going to take it anymore. I see a civil war coming. I do. I see civil war coming."
Trump rally in Iowa The topic "Civil War" trended on Twitter Sunday after a supporter of former President Donald Trump told a journalist she believed one is "coming." In this photo, Trump supporters are seen attending the former president's rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 9 in Des Moines.
As of Sunday afternoon, the term "Civil War" had been tweeted nearly 67,000 times as it trended on the major social media platform. Many were criticizing Trump supporters and the right-wing "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) movement. Some also tried to offer solutions to the current divide within American society.
"Polarization is worse than ever and getting worse not better. There is a Civil War coming if we don't stop dehumanizing those we disagree with politically," unsuccessful Democratic presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang tweeted. The political activist promoted his new Forward Party PAC, which aims to promote democratic reforms.
"Political stress is at record highs, we're already seeing political violence, 42% of people now see political opponents as "mortal enemies" or "evil." We can all feel it. Where will it end? I wish it were hyperbole but we should take this very seriously," Yang added in a follow-up Twitter post.
For the first time since March 2020, Seth Meyers welcomed a live studio audience to Late Night on Monday. And he used the opportunity to mock Donald Trump for apparently boring the hell out of his own rally crowd over the weekend.
“I’m thrilled to be back in front of an audience,” the host said during his latest “A Closer Look” segment. “And I’m just hoping that my audience is a little more enthusiastic than Trump’s audience.”
Noting that Trump went to Iowa on Saturday to hold a rally in which he “repeated the same deranged lies about the election that he’s been repeating for months,” Meyers said that “even his own crowd wasn’t exactly electrified by hearing the same old incoherent nonsense over and over again.”
As footage played of Trump whining about how he thought he was going to beat Joe Biden before he didn’t, C-SPAN’s cameras caught his crowd staring blankly into space and failing to react to the applause lines.
“Wow, and I was worried about bringing audiences back,” Meyers said in response, adding that he loves the “cutaways to sullen Trump fans just standing there in silence like tourists watching one of those gold statue guys in Times Square—‘So is he gonna, like, do something?’”
“And you could tell Trump was waiting for a crowd reaction, too,” he continued. “I mean, look at him. It’s like watching an open mic night at the senior center.”