Grassy Knolls, in Dallas, Bowling Green, and Our Minds

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More than a grassy knoll links the recent attack on a politician in Bowling Green with the ancient but recently-rehashed attack on a president in Dallas. In both instances, initial narratives demanded that the public ignore the glaring coincidence of the villain’s extremism clashing with the victim’s opposition to his attacker’s politics in favor of alternative explanations flattering to the tellers’ outlook. Rene Boucher, who tackled an oblivious Rand Paul as he mowed his lawn last week, tweeted such messages as “May Robert Mueller fry Trump’s gonads” and “Impeach Trump, Impeach Pence, Keep Impeaching.” Might the tic that compelled him to overshare over-the-top …

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