These people did this because they could. What we all witnessed on January 6th was not so much white extremism as the natural and inevitable result of white entitlement, a group of people putting into action their belief that they’re the only ones with the right to pick this country’s leadership. They’re reinforced by a president who found political prominence by claiming the first black president of the United States was born in Kenya. They’re validated by pro-Trump lawmakers who continue to insist the only way they could lose an election would be for someone else to steal it. Then, this country whose a la carte system of law and order affords them special privileges they are scared to lose. The 2020 election represented a rare denial of white privilege, and Trump and his supporters have lost their minds because of it. *NM*

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