It’s fair to say the inauguration of Donald Trump has stirred some passions in the electorate. But with the exception of the occasional flaming limousine or a neo-Nazi taking a sucker punch to the head, people have been remarkably civil, respectful and peaceful. That’s how we like it.
Not long after the votes were counted in the 2016 presidential election, officials at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, decided to lower the American flag that waved above their campus to half-mast. The gesture came in response, they later explained, to the wave of hate crimes and violence that followed the election.