America always needs an enemy. If there isn't a credible external threat, they begin to look inward.I'll keep saying it. Americans want to be extremist. I do not believe Americans were turned or seduced or otherwise coerced into the identity politics you're seeing. This was already there and it was simply branded.
White American males want to live out a gun hero fantasy. They want to be proud to be white American ignoring the fact that they're obese, uninsured, unskilled, and uneducated. That's not the problem to them. People informing them that they're those things are the problem. Browned skinned people are the problem. People speaking Spanish are the problem. Muslims and Atheists are the problem. There's absolutely nothing unique about the American experience for the middle to lower income class American Whites. Nothing. And that's their problem. The mundanity of basic privilege.
This has always been a violent, hateful country. All we need is sufficient economy decay to reveal how little we've progressed.
With the fall of the Soviet Union and the decline of the over-exaggerated threat of Islamic terrorism, this is what happens.