The idea that people would resort to violence in support of Louie Gohmert, Padishah Emperor of the Crazy People, is bizarre enough to satisfy anyone’s taste for the odd. But coming as it does in the middle of a weekend in which the ongoing protests escalated into serious violence and gunfire, it stands out as an example of how the national unravelling comes down even to the smaller places, like Gilmer, whence Louie Gohmert likely could get elected to Congress two years after he dies.

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire.