Nation's fraught politics leads to fear, scars and exits

September 19, 2021

This went on my calendar as: ‘don’t come into the office,’” one congressional staffer for a progressive Democrat told The Hill.The continuous threats of violence and subsequent political division has affected lawmakers in different ways.Many current GOP lawmakers remain tethered to Trump’s inaccurate claims of election malfeasance, but those unencumbered by reelection bids have spoken candidly about the effect of his rhetoric on the political climate.“It has been well discussed.” Another staffer for a prominent Democratic lawmaker declined to be interviewed due to security reasons.“To my knowledge, all of them have declined,” he said, adding that there were only “a few” who received invitations.