As we speak, the jury is deciding whether and how to hold the white supremacists who rampaged through Charlottesville four years ago accountable. I wrote about the trial so far in The Racket yesterday: theracket.news/p/the-rally-wa…
The Nazis in Charlottesville are making the almost the exact same arguments as the defenders of Kyle Rittenhouse: that they were forced to use violence to counter the threat of Antifa, BLM, and other “Communists.”

That fantasy is what animates GOP legislators too:
Never mind that it’s a fantasy. Never mind that the Charlottesville plaintiffs showed extraordinarily detailed evidence that the neo-Nazis had planned to commit violence for weeks—gleefully sharing memes about killing leftists with cars (which is of course what they did).
The point is that the Nazis believe it, and so do the people who the Nazis see as their natural allies in mainstream conservatism.

The question in Charlottesville (and Kenosha and Brunswick and the 1/6 trials and …) is how closely these different groups’ interests align.

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But they aren't the only ones.
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I don’t think he’s faking there. I think he is probably traumatized for life by what he knows full well he did, and is being pushed down a spiraling path by cynical people who don’t care.
Maybe! I have no idea what is going on in his head. But I am someone who lives every day with PTSD, and I can tell you for me it is fucking weird and incongruous what sets me off, what doesn’t, and when.
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