“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1787
After the highest turnout in 120 years the people have spoken in an election once more, and Donald Trump becomes a one term president, defeated by Joe Biden by an estimated seven to eight million votes. This has been the most heated and controversial election in American history, and as a result, Americans are literally cursing and punching one another in the streets of the nation’s capitol today.
The #MillionMAGAMarch is officially starting in about half an hour, but violence has already broken out.
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) November 14, 2020
These are dreadfully sad images, no matter what side of the cultural divide you’re on. Passions run high, as the defeated party does not want to accept the loss — and I’m sure we all get that. But denying that the election was valid, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary and the certification of the Department of Homeland Security that this was the “most secure election in history” is totally non productive and won’t change anything. Hopefully, the streets will not run with blood, but they are emphatically running in conspiracy theory. This is from an interview CNN did with a woman carrying a Stop the Steal sign, and she says point blank that Twitter and Facebook are above a free press in terms of credibility.
“I think that the people are not fooled,” said the woman. “We’ve been to the rallies. We’ve watched the numbers. We’ve watched the media who continues to lie to us and hide information. We don’t get our information from you all anymore. We get our information directly from the people online from their accounts. We’re able to follow our representatives, follow our senators, follow the people that tell the truth and report honestly.”
This is stunning. Take three minutes and listen to this.
That is the kool aide talking.
Trump’s reign is bookended by neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan marching in the street. After his election in 2016, hate crimes spiked and the white supremacists took to the streets, throwing the Nazi salute. Today, the same groups return. Daily Beast:
Saturday’s crowd drew in both mainstream Trump supporters and extremist groups in what looks set to be one of the last gasps of the Trump era. Dozens of members of the Proud Boys marched in the streets of Washington before the event, chanting “fuck antifa.” White supremacists who marched in the deadly 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally have also announced their plans to attend.
One rallygoer held a giant “Q”—a reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory. One woman marching with a sign that accused President-elect Joe Biden of being a pedophile also wore a shirt declaring that Kyle Rittenhouse—the teen accused of killing two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin—“did nothing wrong.” Another man wore a shirt calling for the arrest of Dr. Anthony Fauci and billionaire vaccine supporter Bill Gates.
The attendees were greeted by counter-protesters with signs like “Tick Tock, Times Up.” Confrontation between the groups had already started Friday, and by Saturday morning D.C. police had made two arrests. A 25-year-old from Virginia was arrested for threats to bodily harm, and a 33-year-old from Hawaii was arrested for assaulting an officer.
Donald Trump roared off the front pages of the tabloids and into presidential politics five years ago. Now, like a toxic comet, he leaves a flashy and showy trail as he departs — with the threat/promise of returning in another four years. May God help us.