The Washington Post writer feared an armed faction of the right-wing movement would â€œbear roughly the same symbiotic relationship to the GOP that the IRA had to the Sinn Fein party.â€
It â€œdoesnâ€™t take many extremists to cause mayhem in a country awash in firearms,â€ he noted.
With right-wing violence now a top domestic terrorism threat, Boot said â€œa responsible political party would damp down its incendiary rhetoric and urge its supporters to moderate their zeal.â€
But Republicans just â€œcontinue to fan the flames of hatred, violence and division.â€
â€œItâ€™s not too late to avert a wider insurgency,â€ Boot concluded. â€œBut it will require Republicans to dial down their violent and apocalyptic rhetoric â€” which they show no sign of doing.â€