"alarming incidents of either racially motivated violence (if you’re a liberal) or anarchistic looting and property destruction (if you’re a conservative)"
Except that one of these things is actually happening, to the point where national security experts are warning that they pose a significant threat to national security. The other is pure propaganda, with no basis in reality.
The fact is, it doesn't take two sides deciding to go to war to start a war. It only takes one side doing so. And it's clear that one side has already declared war on the other by committing ever more increasing acts of violence against its "enemies."
I hope, for all our sakes, that I'm wrong and you're right.