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Kilpatrick said.

The ex­change drew a crowd of on­look­ers and re­porters, some of whom asked Kilpatrick why he had brought a gun. He said he’s not “para­noid” and doesn’t usu­ally wear one, but he’s “not usu­ally in a place where there are this many peo­ple.”

“I don’t want vi­o­lence. And this is a de­ter­rent,” said Kilpatrick, who stressed that he had no con­nec­tion to the group that or­ga­nized the rally and just came to watch.

Kilpatrick and Ma­son were in full agree­ment on one point: that divi­sion comes from the top down, not the bot­tom up.

“We’re sit­ting here ar­gu­ing about the top guys. We don’t re­al­ize they’re all friends,” Ma­son said. “You think Obama and Trump ain’t sat down and drank a beer?”

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