The Virginia shooting is a Rorschach test for America | Ross Barkan

Both the left and the right will think this incident is a symbol of something much greater, a reflection of the times we live in now. But what if it isn’t?

A Bernie Sanders supporter shooting bullets at congressional Republicans is a tragic absurdity ready-made for today’s hot take circus. By now, we know the script. The right will say this is proof that progressives are growing unhinged in the Donald Trump era. The left will argue for gun control, or point out the obvious truth that had a Muslim shot at Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, Trump would’ve cried terrorism.

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