A polling aggregate published by the website RealClearPolitics puts former President Donald Trump just over two points ahead of President Joe Biden.
Trump's performance has some on the left growing nervous, with one Republican lawmaker suggesting that they may resort to an assassination attempt.
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz made that accusation Monday in a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter, writing, "They’re obviously green-lighting assassination."
They’re obviously green-lighting assassination. pic.twitter.com/rSocx7WFKc
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) December 4, 2023
Gaetz included a screenshot of a recent Washington Post op-ed piece written by Robert Kagan titled, "A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending."
In it, Kagan warned of what he called "a stark reality," stating, "There is a clear path to dictatorship in the United States, and it is getting shorter every day."
The author, who is married to controversial State Department official and Iraq War architect Victoria Nuland, went on to insist that "Trump will not be contained by the courts or the rule of law."
"Not only will he wield the awesome powers of the American executive — powers that, as conservatives used to complain, have grown over the decades — but he will do so with the fewest constraints of any president, fewer even than in his own first term," Kagan continued.
The author also held out the possibility that Trump will not be satisfied with a second term in office but may even run for a third despite such a move being constitutionally prohibited.
What's more, Kagan believes that an order from Trump to round up and imprison critics just as Japanese Americans were interned during World War II is within the realm of possibility.
Kagan is not unique, as Atlantic magazine editor Jeffrey Goldberg maintained in a piece of his own that America may not survive a second Trump presidency since "the Republican Party has mortgaged itself to an antidemocratic demagogue, one who is completely devoid of decency."
During an interview with former Trump White House advisor Sebastian Gorka, Gaetz argued that those predictions are being put out as a way to spark bloodshed.
"When you hear people talk about Trump as Hitler, or as some sort of authoritarian-type tyrant, they're trying to justify violence against him and violence against his supporters," the Republican congressman said.