Courtesy of the Boston Globe:The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
At a time when trust in government is at a low point, Trump is actively stoking fears that a core tenet of American democracy is also in peril: that you can trust what happens at the ballot box.
His supporters here said they plan to go to their local precincts to look for illegal immigrants who may attempt to vote. They are worried that Democrats will load up buses of minorities and take them to vote several times in different areas of the city. They’ve heard rumors that boxes of Clinton votes are already waiting somewhere.
And if Trump doesn’t win, some are even openly talking about violent rebellion and assassination, as fantastical and unhinged as that may seem.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”
He then placed a Trump mask on his face and posed for pictures.
This is why the tendency to simply dismiss Donald Trump as a joke is a bad idea.
Sure the guy is a reality TV idiot with clown hair, tiny hands, and an overwhelming need to overcompensate for his obvious inadequacies.
But his supporters are the newly reinvigorated left over Palin-bots filled with righteous indignation and a desire to not have their dreams of a country driven into the ground by a megalomaniacal simpleton dashed once yet again.
Keep in mind that those people are heavily armed and prepared to drive their personal mobility scooters over to the White House and start a revolution.
I mean sure the oxygen tanks, obesity, and chronic stupidity will slow them down some, but still.....
And Trump is doing absolutely nothing to dissuade them from responding in that way either.
Courtesy of the Washington Post:
Trump, despite the hopes of many Republicans, isn't going to simply disappear on Nov. 9. This is someone whose entire life has been in pursuit of an ever-bigger spotlight.
Trump now has the biggest spotlight in the world on him. He isn't the sort to willingly walk off the stage at the moment he has achieved what he's always wanted. And so, whether or not Trump actually believes the election is rigged against him (it's not!), he has several self-serving reasons to continue to push the idea to and through Election Day.
Trump, I think, has two options for his future in politics, assuming he loses this fall. The first is that he works to keep his bloc of voters together post-election and forms some sort of conservative alternative third party that aims to bash Republicans and Democrats in roughly equal measure. The other is that he starts a conservative media/broadcasting company in an attempt to monetize the loyalty his supporters have for him and the anti-elites, anti-party message he has been pushing throughout the campaign.
Neither of those options is served by acknowledging defeat at the hands of Clinton and shuffling off. Both are made more appealing — from a commercial perspective — by never conceding, by insisting that the race wasn't lost, it was taken.
Trump has shown that he is a master of grievance politics in this race. He now seems to be setting up the greatest grievance of all for the voters who support him: that their votes don't matter because Hillary Clinton and all of her media enablers have already determined the outcome of this election.
Oh yeah, 2017 is going to be a doozy of a year.
I just hope we all survive until 2018.