Some in the GOP parrot far-right talk of a coming civil war

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Images of war began to spread in Republican circles after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting calls to tone down the rhetoric calling for a second civil war.

In northwestern Wisconsin, the St. Croix County Republican Party chairman was forced to resign Friday after refusing for a week after the siege to remove an online post urging his supporters to “prepare for war “. New Michigan GOP President and Husband, a State Lawmaker, Join Conservative Social Network site created after the Capitol riot where the possibility of civil war is a subject.

Phil Reynolds, a member of the GOP central committee in Santa Clara County, Calif., Appeared to urge insurgents on social media during the Jan.6 attack, saying the Facebook: “The war has started. The citizens take up arms! Drumroll please… .. Civil war or no civil war? “

The heightened rhetoric mimics the language that far-right extremists and white supremacists have used for years and follows a year of civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white policeman and his ties to the systemic racism. Some leftists used similar language, which Republicans compared to promoting a new civil war.

The post-Floyd protests have prompted governments and businesses to reassess, leading to the removal of Confederate symbols across the South and the removal of racist-insensitive brands.

Then on January 6, protesters fueled by Trump’s false claims that he won the 2020 election brought symbols of the Old South to the Capitol headquarters, carrying Confederate flags inside and even erecting a gallows in timber with a noose outside the building.

Democrats say the rise in rhetoric about the war is not accidental. Representative Maxine Waters, D-California, said Trump began to put his supporters in the mindset of filing a complaint years ago and was “capable of starting a civil war.”

“Since his first day in power, this president has spent four years abusing his power, lying, embracing authoritarianism (and) radicalizing his supporters against democracy,” she said, pleading for the dismissal. “This corruption has poisoned the minds of its supporters, prompting them to voluntarily join with white supremacists, neo-Nazis and paramilitary extremists in a siege of the United States Capitol building, the very seat of American democracy.

There are parallels between now and the pre-Civil War era, including a rocky national election that ended with presidents – Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and Joe Biden in 2020 – that millions dismissed as illegitimate victors, said Nina Silber, co-chair of the Society of Civil War Historians.

Lincoln won the Electoral College, but came away with only a plurality of the popular vote in a four-man race. Biden won the popular vote by 7 million against Trump and defeated him decisively in Electoral College, 306 to 232. Dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies seeking to overturn the results have failed, some of them they were rejected by federal judges appointed by Trump himself. Then-Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department could find no evidence of widespread fraud that would have changed the election outcome.

Although the same geographic division does not exist today as when the Civil War began in 1861 and there is no mass preparation for all-out conflict, Silber said white anger and resentment have fueled both eras.

“At the time of the Civil War, it took the form of white southerners angry at the idea that the …

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