Day: November 6, 2020

What Was the Brooks Brothers Riot and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Twenty years ago, as the country white-knuckled its way through a Florida recount to decide the fate of the race between Al Gore and George Bush, a group of expensively dressed middle-aged white men swarmed a government building in Miami-Dade county: “50-year-old white lawyers with cell phones and Hermès ties,” as the Wall Street Journal described them at the time. The crew was clearly made up of out-of-towners: folks in suit jackets and button-ups flying down from outside Miami to pressure and intimidate election canvassers. Their look was so distinct, in fact, that the protests were labeled the “Brooks Brothers Riot.” It was a moniker the crew wore proudly. “We all had Brooks Brothers blazers,” Brad Blakeman, who worked for the Bush campaign, told the Washington Post. “We could have popped out of the catalogue.” Today, the Brooks Brothers Riot is freshly relevant: Protesters in Detroit, Michigan, have attempted

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