A legacy of conspiracies, extremism and cultural divisions

While many Trump supporters will grudgingly accept the US presidential result, right-wing militia, conspiracy theorists and white supremacists continue to call for a violent uprising

24th January, 2021
A legacy of conspiracies, extremism and cultural divisions
Donald and Melania Trump step off Air Force One for the final time as they arrive in Florida Picture: Getty

As the sun set on Washington on the evening of Joe Biden’s inauguration, you could almost hear America exhale. An overwhelming military and police presence, tens of thousands in number, combined with miles of razor-wire and fencing and concrete bollards on every street turned the US Capitol into an impenetrable – and uneventful – fortress.

That it was erected to secure American democracy from further assaults by those who declared themselves patriots as...

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