I confess I had a small degree of surprise that the events of the
weekend — as horrifying and tragic as they are — have had quite
the effect on people they seem to have had. This is not to
diminish them. It is only to say that I do not think they should
be so surprising. I don’t think they should amount to a revelation
that shifts our basic understanding of things. We have if not a
growing white supremacist movement in the US at least an
increasingly vocal and emboldened one. They both made Trump
possible and have in turn been energized and emboldened by his
success. He reacts this way because he is one of them. He is
driven by the same view of the world, the same animus and
grievances. What we’ve seen over the last five days is sickening
and awful. The house is on fire. But it was on fire a week ago.
It’s been on fire since November. The truth is indeed unimaginable
and terrifying. But we need to accept the full truth of it if we
are going to be able to save our country.