One day before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in January, thousands of miles away in northern California, anger began to boil over at a meeting of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors.
“This is a scamdemic, it’s a plandemic, and it’s a damndemic. We’re sick of it!” one woman shouted.
Again and again, residents railed against public officials for enforcing social distancing rules. Some warned of “civil war” and possible violent resistance from militias and other groups.
This is the direct result of Trump’s lies. He has managed to destroy trust in the very foundation of a representative republic.