What would happen, the Russian novelist wondered, when people lacking any semblance of ideological or moral convictions rise to power?
Onlookers who recognized the flag wondered why the mostly white mob had 'coopted' Vietnamese history. But Vietnamese Americans are Trump supporters, too, some driven by a potent fear of socialism.
Rather than denigrating other nations as banana republics for their penchant for insurrections and lawless coups, the United States needs to take a long look inward following the raid on the Capitol.
After blazing an unprecedented post-election path of inciting violence, Donald Trump's path forward contains some potential landmines.
Far-right Trump supporters are afraid American democracy has been overturned by their left-leaning 'opponents', even as they themselves actively undermine liberal democratic values and institutions.