Magazine October 29, 2018, Issue

A Very Passionate Place

A protester is removed from the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, September 4, 2018. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

When historians looked back at the Democratic sweep of 2020, they wondered: What turned so many conservatives and moderates into hard-left partisans? Was it the shrieking? Or was it the crying? Could it have been the restaurant attacks, the elevator harangues?

As it turns out, it was all of these things. Presented with a horde of emotionally volatile individuals yelling like monkeys who’d been dipped in turpentine, millions of Americans thought: “That’s the group I want to join. They seem fun.”

We have some interviews from the period that describe how effective these displays could be. Here are some remarks

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