Philip Siess agreed with dispatcher Ed Konecnik (“In Konecnik's Camp” – 4/12), writing that "when Obama won his first term, those who did not vote for him were not offered grief counseling in schools. They did not go out and loot and burn cars and buildings."
He's right, they were too busy forming militias and hate groups. The number of recognized anti-government groups grew between 2008 and 2009 when Barack Obama became president.
Donald Trump’s election provided a perceived window of opportunity for existing groups and their supporters to act with relative impunity. After decades of lurking in the shadows, white nationalist movements viewed the Trump presidency as a “get active” opportunity.
As for Mr. Siess writing that "many young Americans seem to have ideas and facts confused," I say they know the facts. That's why millions of them are out there protesting.