“Trump’s supporters have been primed to be aggressive,” Burton told the five journalists (all of whom asked to remain anonymous), in a warehouse north of town. They had each paid $1,195 to take the course. A bookshelf next to Burton contained titles on ballistics, dirty wars, and battlefield medicine. He went on, “We’ve got a feeling something may happen, especially if Trump doesn’t get what he wants.”
Burton clicked through some photographs projected on a wall and paused at an image. “What do you think of that one?” he asked the journalists. It showed the husks of two burned cars on a street in Baltimore, in 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray, with police in the foreground and protesters in the background. “Are we safe?”
A cameraman with curly hair spoke up. “I was about fifty feet behind that. It was not a safe place,” he said.
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