(1) JD Vance has let slip that he is attacking Gen. Milley for his words without bothering to at least find out what they mean.

The term "white rage" made my ears prick up so I thought about the context in which he used it.

Milley was talking specifically about 1/6... Image
(2) This alleged police-assaulting defendant is Kyle Fitzsimons. He's currently held without bail, like many of the >465 charged so far.

Something tells me he won't be getting 30 months probation and a $500 fine.

seacoastonline.com/story/news/cri… Image
(3) I really wish that someone with the character and patriotism of Gen. Mark Milley had been in the role of Acting Secretary of Defense on 1/6.

Instead of this guy, who aided and abetted Trump's willful dereliction of duty that day.

(4) Milley, myself, or anyone else who uses the term "white rage" re 1/6 is NOT saying all white people are racist, or even that all Trump supporters are extremist, let alone racist. Not at all.

We're saying Trump knowingly encouraged & enabled literal white nationalists.
(4) If Trump's anti-police, far right tendencies had been as obvious in 2016 as they are in 2021, he would never have won the presidency that year.

I, of course, would never have supported him. He hid the truth very well. IMO he is the most effective salesman in US history.
(5) Put simply, when he saw almost a year ahead of the 2020 election that winning it legitimately would be a big ask, Trump had no compunction whatsoever in looking to the hitherto relatively quiet far right segment of his base, as a Plan B.
(6) People with full-blown no-insight narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) believe that rules are for the little people.

They also are capable of doing just about anything to preserve their unfounded, excessive self-esteem and illusory sense of control.
(7) That's why so many people have not yet been able to understand Trump's behavior.

Because they don't have NPD, and they haven't had to learn about NPD.

Survivors of their abuse, and mental health professionals, have had to learn about the disorder.
(8) The only thing that matters to an NPD is control in-the-moment. That's why they lie so casually and so often.

Their self esteem is in fact extremely low. They develop what appears to be high self esteem as a way to avoid facing this fact.

I have zero sympathy for them.
(9) Trump & the far right faction of the GOP, which has always been there, wove a narrative to support aspects of the ideology eg the rejection of claims of racism, where those claims are justified.

The far right have taken over the party, & millions of R voters don't see it.
(10) The many Trump voters who are non-white, and many of the white voters too, do not realize that while he was selling "I support the police, I support the military" to them, he was also keeping actual racists on a low simmer at the back of the stove.
(11) Many current GOP members of Congress are in that extremist group. That's why others took a brave stand against them earlier this year in an effort to keep the party & conservatism itself viable.

This watchdog group's assessment shows the receipts:

(12) Not every enraged adherent of the far right looks like the unhinged Kyle Fitzsimons, or made improvised weapons to use on cops on 1/6.

But the enablers, the narrative peddlers, are just as bad in terms of escalating the threat of further violence.
(13) "White rage" is a technical term that is certainly applicable in situations like 1/6. Most of them were enraged about what they perceived as a stolen election, not specifically about African Americans having civil rights.

The NPD of one man enabled the mask to drop. Image
(14) Ironically, when Reagan talked about a man on a white horse, he said the 2A is there to help Americans protect the country from such a man or regime.

In any country, a charismatic leader is potentially able to seduce enough people to take and keep authoritarian power.
(15) This can be seen all over the place, since human societies started to form.

We survivors of abuse by an NPD can also attest to their skillset and utter lack of a working moral compass.

When an NPD targets you, run. Run for the hills. It's the only safe option.
(16) An NPD targeted a large, powerful country, and thereby targeted the rest of the world, too.

Many of his Presidential predecessors had or have NPD, too. But they didn't let the mask drop. They didn't enable and coddle actual extremists.
(17) If you want to keep getting triggered by critical race theory, and the efforts of most Americans to work on improving the actual civil rights of people of color (which still, in certain situations, are not yet equal with others), you of course can.

I'm not joining in.
(18) I am not scared of words I don't understand, or that I disagree with.

I instead try to find out what the words mean, and what are the logical arguments for and against.

I'm not special. Anyone can do this.

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