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Are You Prepared for Tomorrow’s Second Civil War, a Thing Rightwing Conspiracy Theorists Are Sure We’re Planning?

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Earlier this week, Alex Jones, the rightwing conspiracy theory peddler with little interest in facts or reality, tweeted out a link to a video in which he claimed to expose the Democrats’ plan to launch a new Civil War this Independence Day.

Which, obviously, left Democrats wondering …

There are a lot of details to work out, like what exactly a leftist-organized secret surprise war looks like. Is this a Purge-type free-for-all scenario? How many avocado toast cannons can we build by morning and how exactly does one weaponize a desire free health care?

Obviously, Jones’ dog-whistley comments are rooted in xenophobia and racism. (The country’s attention has been on the injustices facing immigrants and asylum seekers like never before, and that’s when Alex Jones gets worried about a race civil war? Subtle.) But Jones as a human is too ridiculous to take seriously. So we’re not. Instead, the internet is having a super fun time imagining the plight of these imagined soldiers via the hashtag #SecondCivilWarLetters. Told in the style of 19th Century letters from soldiers to their loved ones back home, the kind you’d hear read aloud in a Ken Burns documentary, they describe the horrors of Alex Jones’ imaginary battle.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.