Opinion | We Mock the Rioters as Ignorant Buffoons at Our Peril

Many of them looked an awful lot like our community leaders and that will make repairing the damage much harder.

1/14/2021 5:00:00 AM

Opinion: The most shocking thing about the attack on the Capitol was that so many of the rioters were people who better resemble our kin and neighbors than they do the so-called barbarians from the boondocks

Many of them looked an awful lot like our community leaders and that will make repairing the damage much harder.

about the blitzkrieging of the Capitol on Jan. 6 to present her class-based critique of the mob. In her first sentence, Flanagan introduced the insurrectionists as “a coalition of the willing: deadbeat dads, YouPorn enthusiasts, slow students, and MMA fans” and went on to claim that they had “pulled into the swamp with bellies full of beer and Sausage McMuffins, maybe a little high on Adderall, ready to get it done.”

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Having steered her essay onto insult highway, she laid rubber in all four gears. “Some rioters left the building in the charged, happy way people exit the Dive Devil ride at Magic Mountain,” she wrote, “single file, grinning, and not really sure what just happened. They cried out for beer, they pumped their fists in triumph, they went looking for Mom and money for curly fries.” Had Flanagan been given additional space by her editors, surely she would have included references to chewing tobacco, tractor pulls, cornhole, mobile homes, Big Gulps and cousin-marriage.

Many rioters at the Capitol obviously match the Flanagan template, enjoying McMuffins, curly fries and amusement park rides (as I do), and dressed in furs and anti-Semitic T-shirts. But her portrayal of the mob as composed of an easily ridiculed underclass isn’t the right take. headtopics.com

Based on the early arrests and news reports from the riot, the Capitol insurrectionists represent a bigger slice of white America than just the low-class knuckle-draggers who rolled in from the sticks on Donald Trump’s command. Many of the protesters and rioters we have met through rap sheets and press accounts are solidly middle class. Some of them are professionals and businesspeople who are as cosmopolitan as Flanagan, a longtime

Atlanticsloppy thinking. Her miscalculation of who participated in the riot might make the people who like to look down their noses at the proles feel good, but it obscures the wide-ranging appeal the mob enjoys in America, it underestimates the mob’s true strength, and it slows our understanding of the mob’s motivation and masks the great difficulty we will have in nullifying their violent brand of politics.

As authorities continue to book additional rioters for criminal offenses, charges that may eventually include sedition and murder, we will gain a sharper picture of the crowd’s profile and learn more about these people who have embraced the QAnon religion and fell under Trump’s spell. But in the early going, we’ve learned that many who rallied or rioted on January 6 were, in Trump’s memorable

, only “the best and most serious people.” Take, for example, Bradley Rukstales Read more: POLITICO »

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keep it real. the 1% of the protesters who turned to rioting, terrorism, and insurrection are a mixed bag. some kinship to middle America neighbors, friends, and family. some straight out fringe psychopaths. some lost souls. some real head scratchers...ex military, cops, firemen. The common thread among many that I know — their personal/family life is in shambles they are angry, unhappy, and they want someone to blame.

Doesn’t mean they’re not all gullible. More shocking, our law enforcement joined the parades that have blocked our roads and waterways for months on end. Months. It wasn't covid 19 that kept families apart, it was Trumpology. Who didn't see this coming. shaunking After 4 years of Trump supporters bullying and chanting negativity .....they can't handle the loss .....ummm Biden won 8 million more votes....GET OVER IT This is insane

That says more about you than about them. That's because just about all of the media being pumped out of urban society, now, is equally whacked out, polarized, and culturally incompetent. The headline is pretty revealing. Different strokes. 🍂 Where the hell do you live? They are for sure not my neighbors.

What’s their problem? First they are White and have a leg up on the rest of Americans. Secondly you can uneducated and get job. BITCOIN IS STARTING TO RUN BACK UP!! Who is ready for the next pump!! 💪 Let's go crypto cadets!! 👨‍🚀🚀 bitcoin Most of them are not ignorant it’s true. They’re just vile evil people doing Satan’s work.

Authoritarianism is alive and well and thriving in the US. Don't you see them wearing their red MAWA hats (Make America White Again)? Bullshit. Any sane person can spot those lowlifes a mile away. morgfair No, we mock journalists who don’t tell the truth about insurrectionists I still can’t get out of my mind the two guys with zip ties. It horrifies me to think what they were planning.