In Trump’s Wake, a ‘New Normal’ of Emboldened Far-Right Extremists

Armed demonstrators outside the locked gates of the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas, Jan. 17, 2021 (AP photo by Eric Gay).
Armed demonstrators outside the locked gates of the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas, Jan. 17, 2021 (AP photo by Eric Gay).
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The storming of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., by pro-Trump insurrectionists earlier this month was both shocking and utterly unsurprising. After all, for anyone paying attention to the rioters’ social media posts in the days and weeks leading up to the event, they made their intentions clear. A subset of the participants appeared to have technical training, and had laid meticulous plans well in advance of Jan. 6. The attack on the Capitol, then, was a culmination—not just of the insurrectionists’ efforts to train and arm themselves for a violent revolt, but also of years of recruitment and radicalization by […]

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