Reasonably Outrageous? Tort Standards for a Polarized Body Politic

Despite the grave injuries suffered by individuals during the Capitol Hill riot, the context in which the riot originated may actually render IIED an inviable cause of action under extant case law. Against the backdrop of weeks—if not years—of polemic political discourse and alt-right protests, was the violence of January 6th actually outrageous? It certainly wasn’t unexpected, at least to those who had been paying attention. […]