The Washington Post writer feared an armed faction of the right-wing movement would “bear roughly the same symbiotic relationship to the GOP that the IRA had to the Sinn Fein party.”
It “doesn’t take many extremists to cause mayhem in a country awash in firearms,” he noted.
With right-wing violence now a top domestic terrorism threat, Boot said “a responsible political party would damp down its incendiary rhetoric and urge its supporters to moderate their zeal.”
But Republicans just “continue to fan the flames of hatred, violence and division.”
“It’s not too late to avert a wider insurgency,” Boot concluded. “But it will require Republicans to dial down their violent and apocalyptic rhetoric — which they show no sign of doing.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.