The Democratic and Republican conventions presented two vastly different perceptions of America, with such little overlap, or agreement on basic narrative points, that each side seems to be past the point of acknowledging a basic validity in the other.
The Republicans pinned the violence of the past 90 days on the mayors of the Democrat-run cities where it is happening, and the Democrats finally admitted that America’s streets are plagued by violence.
Both sides are blaming the other, and society, it seems, is so polarised that footage from the streets almost looks like a country on the brink of a civil war.
Over the weekend two separate shooting incidents occurred. One in Kenosha, where a teenager who had joined with groups to protect a petrol station, shot three separate people, allegedly in self-defence.
The other incident in Portland, saw Antifa and some Black Lives Matter activists shoot a man, and video footage showed them celebrating the shooting.
“I am not sad that a f—ing fascist died tonight,” says a woman at the antifa gathering in downtown Portland. The crowd laughs and cheers. The ID of the deceased is not confirmed but he is believed to be a Trump & blue lives supporter. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/XV6471FSuF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
The Antifa mob then went to the residence of Portland’s infamously weak and conciliatory mayor, Ted Wheeler, leaving a message.
Antifa graffiti at the Portland riot outside @tedwheeler’s condo in the wake of the deadly #antifa shooting: “How much does it take to show you we are serious”#PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/Yn4mGNUbVi
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 1, 2020
Rioters are being released straight after arrest, and the Democratic vice presidential candidate has supported a bail fund to ensure they are released, enabling them to cause more mayhem.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
In Washington DC a BLM activist advocates “burning down the Whiteouse” and “putting police in the f***ing grave”
A BLM leader is encouraging this crowd of protesters to fight the DC cops on the frontlines. Saying he’s “ready to put them in their graves” – this may lead to another violent night in DC… pic.twitter.com/0LXTR69c2P
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) August 30, 2020
In the absence of law and order, partly due to the defund the police campaign, are we witnessing an increasingly polarized America, forming militias in the first stage of a civil war?
In Maoist style struggle sessions, left-wing activist mobs are roaming Democrat cities threatening and coercing bystanders into displaying symbolic gestures of submission. Although there is incredible pressure to submit, not all the public were intimidated into self-subjugation.
1) In a scene that played out several times Monday, a Black Lives Matter protest that began in Columbia Heights confronted White diners outside D.C. restaurants, chanting “White silence is violence!” and demanding White diners show their solidarity. #DCProtests pic.twitter.com/fJbPM76vb0
— Fredrick Kunkle WaPo (@KunkleFredrick) August 25, 2020
Some have compared these BLM coercion mobs with pro-segregation racists from the civil rights era.
Haven't we seen this harassment of people just trying to have a nice meal somewhere before? pic.twitter.com/uXrrUg1JXl
— Fred Aaron 🇺🇸✡ (@fredforthemets) August 25, 2020
This business owner, a victim of rioters, says the rioters will get President Donal Trump re-elected
Windows of businesses and residential buildings being smashed on University Avenue — which were not preemptively boarded up. This Papa John’s employee asks protesters, “Do you want Trump to be elected?” pic.twitter.com/IbSubGfGs6
— Dylan Brogan (@telldylan) August 26, 2020
Opportunistic looting is now endemic, which many people angrily point out has nothing to do with police brutality.
More looting in downtown Minneapolis. They’ve now breached the Saks 5th Avenue store on 6th and Nicollet and people are making out with lots of goods. pic.twitter.com/tgUIyoIMvf
— Courtney Godfrey (@courtneygodfrey) August 27, 2020
Suspicious bots respond with inflammatory statements that people should not be upset about the destruction of property.
All insured items that will be replaced. The unarmed Black Lives that are lost won't be replaced.
— 288South (@south_288) August 27, 2020
This sort of justification for violence is wearing thin according to this twitter account.
You guys also use the insurance as justification. Let’s discuss the businesses that will be down for months to rebuild or those shops that can’t. Livelihoods lost during said time . Workers laid off from stores. And who pays for insurance losses? Unreal ignorance
— Travis01 (@gunnerbean) August 27, 2020
Kenosha, Wisconsin, was the flashpoint for the most recent riots after police responded to a call from the victim of a sexual assault who said her alleged attacker was returning to the house. Police say the alleged attacker, Jacob Blake, was wielding a knife at the time of his arrest, and had put one of the arresting officers in a headlock and shrugged off two attempts to taser him. An officer shot Blake seven times in the back, and he remains hospitalised.
Kenosha is a middle sized town with an integrated town layout of businesses mixed with residential. Nightly riots have devastated these neighbourhoods since Blake’s shooting. Reporters on the ground have reported that the rioters are being bussed in.
Every single local I spoke to blamed "out of towners" for the worst of the destruction. They didn't offer a huge amount of evidence for this, but it's a blanket consensus /4 pic.twitter.com/vboZYrRK9y
— Josh Glancy (@joshglancy) August 29, 2020
With little police presence, locals responded by standing guard at local businesses and so we had the case of Kyle Rittenhouse a 17 year old who allegedly shot three separate attackers in self defence.
Kyle Rittenhouse 17 years old
from Antioch, IL shoots a man in the head with an AR-15 & kills him in Kenosha. He also shot 2 more people killing 2.
Evades street justice by running toward cops with an AR-15
AND the Police just let him go!
— kirk acevedo (@kirkacevedo) August 26, 2020
Rittenhouse was immediately, and predictably, condemned by the left as a white supremacist.
A screenshot for when he inevitably deletes. 😌 pic.twitter.com/3w5OuEIyDb
— WarpedSanity (@sanity_warped) August 31, 2020
Lawyer Mike Cernovitch said Rittenhouse’s actions were justifiable
If you did an anonymous focus group on the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, and showed ALL of the video, 70% of participants would conclude he acted lawfully.
Add in the criminal records of the attackers, and you'd get 90% approval.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 29, 2020
Finding the truth about these incidents takes investigation and time, but the truth seems to be the first casualty of those who want to foment revolution.
In January 2019, NY Democratic represenattive, Alexadria Ocasio Cortez, famously said that the narrative is more important than the truth. She said “There’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct, than about being morally right,”
“There's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” @AOC says in response to criticism that she’s made factual errors. https://t.co/sKf3sHl9F6 pic.twitter.com/xKc2eB7GEk
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 7, 2019
With charismatic and populist politicians openly embracing deception as a means to achieve power, no wonder America feels like a tinder keg right now.