Since Donald Trump’s most violent supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, there have been calls for unity and healing. Many of these have come from Republican politicians who encouraged the assault by feeding their supporters lies about the free and fair November 3 presidential election as fraudulent and illegitimate. Hopes for healing as expressed by the provocateurs ring hollow at best, and at worst smack of desperation by cynical politicians to distance themselves from the mess they have helped create.

What would it take to start a true healing process? What should the violent mob and their enablers do…

David J. Jackson

David J. Jackson is Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses mostly on entertainment and politics.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store