BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — War-like imagery has begun to take hold in Republican circles, erupting into the open after the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

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Some Republican elected and party officials have rejected calls to tone down rhetoric calling for a civil war.

The charged language evoking the conflict that cleaved the United States over slavery 160 years ago follows a year of civil unrest over racial injustice.

Some pro-Trump demonstrators brought symbols of the Old South to the Capitol, carrying Confederate flags inside and setting up wooden gallows ominously nearby.

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