Cathy Buerger quoted in Reuters

In pro-Trump forums, when someone “pushes the norm of what is considered acceptable speech” by posting a call to execute judges or other public officials, “and no one questions it, then the norm of what is acceptable may shift,” said Cathy Buerger, who studies inflammatory rhetoric at the nonpartisan Dangerous Speech Project in Washington. Buerger reviewed the violent posts identified by Reuters.

Cathy is leading a novel effort by the DSP’s Elections Research Fellowship, who are identifying similar norm-shifting speech surrounding the United States 2024 elections.

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