Sadly, yes: this is who we are
“This is not who we are,” said Joe Biden on Wednesday, as armed insurrectionists freely roamed the Capitol:
Let me be very clear: The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. Do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.
I like Joe Biden. I’m glad he won the election. I want him to de-escalate, to soothe, to uplift. I want him to empower the better angels of our nature.
I also want him to speak the truth. I want him to face with relentless discipline the reality of the society he has just been certified to preside over as President.
I want him to lead.
Because the truth is that this is who we are.
What happened at the Capitol was horrifying. Shocking. Heartbreaking.
But eminently unsurprising.
According to a YouGov poll taken the day of the siege, one in five registered voters “strongly or somewhat” supported the storming of the Capitol. Among Republicans, that number jumps to 45%.
26% of registered voters — one in four — think Joe Biden is “a great deal or somewhat to blame” for the attack. 52% of Republican voters think so.
This is not a small group of disaffected extremists. This is not fringe.
And, if we ignore the underlying causes, we’re going to see it again — and worse.
We need to have the courage to admit what should by now be painfully obvious:
White supremacy is the beating heart of this movement.
This is the National Guard on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Black Lives Matter…