Does Rittenhouse Show America's Crossed a Rubicon?Roundup
tags: violence, vigilantes, Kyle Rittenhouse
Jim Sleeper is the author of Liberal Racism (1997) and The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York (1990).
Although I participated in the American countercultural revolutions, antiwar protests, and racial conflicts of the 1960s, it wasn't until August 2016 that I got my first truly unnerving intimations of a full-blown American civil war. That was when then-President Trump told a rally that if Hillary Clinton won and "gets to pick her judges, judicial appointments, nothing you can do, folks. Although -- the Second Amendment people; maybe there is. I don't know."
By June 1, 2020, Trump's seeming afterthought about "Second Amendment people" had metastasized into something truly scary. He and combat-fatigues-clad Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with Attorney General William Barr, strode from the White House to Lafayette Park, where a peaceful demonstration had been dispersed brutally by National Guard troops.
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