A Montana town fractures under political pressure.

The parade grew out of the wildly popular run of Kruise Kalispell, a Friday night car flotilla down Main Street that Monte Klindt, a local business owner, honchoed with a friend last spring to relieve locals’ boredom during the coronavirus lockdown. It, too, turned some nights into a rolling display of political animus, leaving Klindt to police hateful comments on the Kruise’s Facebook page. “During my lifetime, I don’t remember it ever being this bad,” he said. “There’s no middle anymore.”