Today does seem to me a particularly crazy/bad time, and that's almost completely on Trump.
Until Trump, all that crazy garbage lived only on right wing talk radio,
Trump brought it into the open.
And that cliche about there being no greater disinfectant than sunlight? Not always true. Trump has let tens of millions of Americans come out as terrible, radical, revolutionary people.
So the question is now what. If Trumpism loses in 2024 and we go back to a normal set of affairs, then this period will seem like a brief flareup of American yahoo-ism.
But if Trump is reelected and continues on this road he's started the country down....then we are in for the biggest historical moments since the civil war.
(I'll agree the 60s-early 70s were worse in a violent assassination sense. But the people running the country then were based in reality all all pretty much the same whether D or R. Both parties were within the 40 yard lines.
So they just kept the country on roughly the same tack. But now, the GOP is different - it wants to put the country on a totally different course than it is on now. This is the difference. We can't know what Trump would do the country if he had the reins for another 4 years)