Here's a classic example of modern American political discourse:
A man with a history of supporting former President Donald Trump and who has said "all Democrats need to step down" was arrested Thursday after an hours-long standoff near the US Capitol during which he claimed to have an explosive device.
Police have identified the suspect as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry of Grover, North Carolina. The incident prompted multiple buildings in the area to be evacuated Thursday as authorities responded to an "active bomb threat investigation," the US Capitol Police wrote on Twitter.
This is how you bring anti-government, crackpot views to the mainstream in this country:
In video posted Thursday, Roseberry called himself a "patriot." He said he doesn't care if Trump ever becomes president again but also that he thinks "all Democrats need to step down."
Roseberry's son, Christopher Roseberry, told CNN on Thursday that he didn't fully understand what motivated the actions of his father and that he didn't know about his plans to go to Washington.
"He was home last night and I guess my stepmom woke up this morning and he was gone," Christopher Roseberry told CNN. "It was just a normal day, but it's not."
Christopher Roseberry said his father expressed political frustrations with him after the November election. "Since Biden got elected he's just been like, man ... he doesn't like change, I reckon. ... I tried to tell him ... 'Who cares what goes on up there in DC? Worry about what you've got down here.' I tried to tell him that and he's like, 'No, I'm sticking up for my country. We need to get the country back to the way it was,'" he said.
He said his father did not mention violence though, adding, "He just said, 'I want to make a change.'"
Well, shucks, he's just regular ol' folks and he was just trying to get his point across. He wants to make a "change."
That change is the reversal of a decision the voters made last fall. And I don't think it's possible to harp on this enough--calling for the destruction of the Biden Administration is anti-democratic if your only reason for doing so is that all those people of color surely can't have their votes count as much as white people, right?
All President Biden has done is try to save American lives, get us out of a war, and deal with the economic and social issues brought on by the pandemic. He's fought for working Americans and the poor. He's busted his ass to fix a broken nation. You may not like the results but that doesn't mean you can drive a vehicle-born IED into the middle of Capitol Hill and claim to be a Patriot as you terrorize an American city.
We're normalizing this sort of thing by letting his family talk about how he's just regular folk with normal views on things. He's not. He's a domestic terrorist. He has attempted to use terrorism to agitate for a change in the United States government and to effect political change. He will probably inspire others to do the same. And we act like this isn't a holy shit, we gotta do something moment?
Wow. Are we that shellshocked and numb? This is the result of four years of batshit Trumpery, isn't it?