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Why Election Day 2020 Might Go Down In History As Riot Night 2020

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When the Republicans took both chambers of Congress in the historic 1994 elections, ABC news anchor Peter Jennings said “the voters had a temper tantrum.” He felt it necessary to portray GOP voters as children. But they did it the right way. If Americans want change, and feel the need to act up, the ballot box is the place to do it. Democratic comrades, however, have decided that violence how they are going to get their way.

What we’ve already had plenty of is likely to erupt even more violently on the evening Nov. 3 and the morning of Nov. 4. The political left is determined it will win the elections in November, even if winning means more fighting in the streets.

It’s been rare in the modern era for Americans to go to bed at the end of Election Day not knowing who won. But we’ve been warned: Due to unique 2020 circumstances – primarily Democrats insistence we vote by mail – it might take days or even weeks to count all the ballots and determine who won this year. So unless Joe Biden is the clear winner on election night, be ready for the heat. Because the heathen will rage.

The Democrats have, in fact, already told us this. As we noted a few days ago, the party has gamed out “a possible coup if (President Donald) Trump wins in November.” In the simulation, former Bill Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta played the role of Biden. He refused to concede the lost election, and “pressured states that Trump won to send Democrats to the formal Electoral College vote, and trusted that the military would take care of the rest,” Michael Anton writes in “The Coming Coup” published by The American Mind.

No surprise, there. Hillary Clinton continues to claim she was robbed. At least Al Gore, who tried to steal the 2000 election, didn’t whine incessantly for years afterward. He just ramped up, with an eager and collegial assist from the media, his global warming crusade. As it turns out, though, the Democrats’ refusal to accept a loss in 2000 was foundational to what we’re likely to see in November.

It seems everywhere we look we see signals that trouble is to come. In The Atlantic, which at one time was a serious publication, Brookings Institution senior fellow and Atlantic contributing writer Shadi Hamid says he is “truly worried about only one scenario: that Trump will win reelection and Democrats and others on the left will be unwilling, even unable, to accept the result.”

He follows with the astonishing claim that “a loss by Joe Biden under these circumstances is the worst case . . . because it is the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months.”

“Undermine faith in democracy”? Now that’s a funny way to say “foment endless rioting.”

The overall tone of Hamid’s screed is there is something profoundly wrong with this country if it doesn’t elect Biden. Voters are simply too dense to understand what is good for them; “normal” politics no longer work. He doesn’t say it, but the implication, or at least our inference, is the outcome might require a radical response.

“Acting outside the political process, including through nonpeaceful means, becomes more attractive,” he says.

Because a Trump reelection will increase the “distance between what a society should be and the tragedy of what it actually becomes,” he continues, we should not be surprised to see “mass unrest and political violence across American cities.”

Tell us again who gets to say what a society should be? Just what the Democrats tell us it is?

Meanwhile, we can still hear Biden running mate Sen. Kamala Harris insisting the “protests” continue.

“They’re not gonna let up. And they should not. And we should not,” she said.

The “fact checkers” say, not unreasonably, that she means protests, not riots. Yet months ago the protesters and rioters merged. With little exception, they have become indistinguishable from each other.

Yes, we know that Trump has talked about the (very realistic) possibility of election fraud with the Democrats’ universal mail-in voter schemes, and he’s grumbled about rigged elections. But has anyone heard conservatives talking openly about taking “nonpeaceful means” should Trump lose?

Few in this country oppose peaceful assemblies. It’s our birthright in a nation founded in liberty. But when a group, too often filled with useful idiots, takes over public spaces, blocks traffic without a permit to march, threatens and intimidates bystanders, refuses to comply with law enforcement requests, and dehumanizes its “enemies,” it is a mob. And a mob, by definition, is “riotous.” 

Democrats are obligated to tell their constituents to forgo rioting on election night, as well as all the nights and days which follow. But they’re more likely to encourage the mob behavior so they can extort their way to power. Violence can be useful in coercing Electoral College members from states won by Trump to rethink their votes. Yes, the Supreme Court has ruled states can require electors to vote as their state has. That only works, though, if the states are willing to enforce compliance. Some, weary of the riots, might simply decline.

We hope we’re wrong, that the election will go smoothly, that the loser will gracefully concede, and the country will begin to heal its angry divisions. With one particularly disturbing exception, America has been known for its healthy way of settling its political differences for more than two centuries. It would be tragic to stray from that.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • I’m not seeing the problem. They’ve been rioting for three months, nothing will change except that the 2A’s will have more ammo and guns. We’ve been ready to protect our families and property from any enemy, foreign or domestic.

  • The night the Democratic Speaker of the House – third in line for the Presidency – tore up President Trump’s State of the Union Address on national TV, she sent a clear message that civil war would be used, if necessary, to overturn the results of the 2016 Presidential election. She has refused to obey her oath of office to uphold the Constitution. She has never accepted the legitimacy of the Trump administration, and therefore, has prevented the Legislative Branch of government from properly governing the nation. Because her party fully supports her, there is no legal or Constitutional authority to prevent her from gross abuse of power. This article, as with many more today, recognizes that our nation is on the verge of civil war headed into the November elections. The traditional Democratic and Republican parties have reached the end of the road. They can not, or will not, govern the nation any longer. President Trump is the only leader who has a chance to save our Constitutional Republic. But make no mistake. Simply winning the election will not be sufficient.

  • The left has been seeding articles and actions for months that show what to expect. In fact, why would anyone at all be surprised? They rioted in 2016. Have we forgotten?

  • The violent Progressive Left, which is the bulk of the current Democrat Party, is girding for a full-fledged revolution. They riots this Summer were the warm-up for what’s to come election day and after. We are on the precipice. It won’t take much to send us over the cliff. The Cloward-Piven strategy is in full sway.

  • The rioting is going to continue regardless of who is elected, since it has proven to be effective in achieving goals.
    It won’t stop until it stops being successful.
    Too many politicians have opted to ‘pay the Dane-geld’, they’ll keep doing it figuring the payment of ‘Dane-geld’ will continue.It is in fact terrorism as defined by the FBI, use of force or the threat of force to achieve political objectives.

  • This is what happens when our institutions of higher learning (where purportedly the smartest young adults go to learn) fill our youths heads with only the socialist perspective instead of teaching objectively and expressing all sides without prejudice.

  • I regret to say that present indications are that this election will not be smooth or graceful. Conditions are deteriorating, not improving, in the body politic. There is a real possibility that violence will start even before the votes are counted given the media’s tendency to shout the “news” of exit polls. One result of all the controversy and possible physical turmoil is that everyone, pro and con, will see the results of actions of the looney left and be warned of their intentions for all of us.

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