The Fascists Marching on Washington Aren’t Looking For “Calm”.
Instead of “seeing the light” as liberals hoped, the right is escalating in violence.
Since before he even officially announced his candidacy, many who had long hoped that Joe Biden would run for President have argued that he would be especially equipped to restore a sense of calm, and normalcy to an increasingly divided nation reeling after years of Trump’s presidency. In response, those of us on the left have argued that not only will Trump’s hold on the Republican party long outlast his time in office, but that his base simply is not interested in “calm”, or the return to the normal and civility that liberals long for. Frankly, long before but particularly since Trump lost his bid for re-election, the right has been escalating in ways that have gone above and beyond in validating the concerns of the left. Perhaps one of the most recent examples of their only intensifying anger and violence took place in Washington D.C. on December 12th, when right wing protestors and Proud Boy members once again descended upon the city.
Reporting on the rally, Emily Davis, Rachel Weiner, Clarence Williams, Marissa J. Lang, and Jessica Contrera with The Washington Post wrote:
“…In smaller numbers than their gathering last month, they roamed from the Capitol to the Mall and back again, seeking inspiration from speakers who railed against the Supreme Court, Fox News and President-elect Joe Biden. The crowds cheered for recently pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, marched with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and stood in awe of a flyover from what appeared to be Marine One.
But at night, the scene became violent. At least four people were stabbed near Harry’s Bar at 11th and F streets NW, a gathering point for the Proud Boys, a male-chauvinist organization with ties to white nationalism.
The victims were hospitalized and suffered possibly life-threatening injuries, D.C. fire spokesman Doug Buchanan said. It was not immediately clear with which groups the attackers or the injured might have been affiliated.”
How much more of this are we going to witness before liberal voters and politicians alike acknowledge that this is not simply…