Rule or Riot

Democrats have a plan: threaten their way into the White House

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September 9, 2020

If the idea of a November spent hunkered down at home with mass protests and violence again roiling the streets sounds appealing, don't worry: The left has a plan for that.

A coalition of influential progressive groups—including the SEIU, AFT, Color of Change, Indivisible, MoveOn, and Demos—is organizing, the Daily Beast reports, for "mass public unrest": "Occupy shit, hold space, and shut things down, not just on Election Day but for weeks."

Only a fool would think that this "nonviolent civil disobedience" will stay nonviolent after a summer that's seen over 500 riots across the nation. In 2000 we had the Brooks Brothers riot; in 2020, Democrats are promising the real deal.

There's a reason these "secret" plans were revealed in painstaking detail to a sympathetic outlet, one that would repeat fever dreams about "MAGA violence after election day." It's the latest example of the left's campaign of extortion: If you want the protesting, rioting, and murder wave to end, all you have to do is hand Joe Biden a landslide.

The organizations claim to be preparing for an election "without a clear outcome," or the possibility that President Donald Trump refuses to concede. Of course, they have also worked to assure an ambiguous election night by pressing for a massive, disorganized switch to mail-in voting, even as public health experts say in-person voting is as safe as grocery shopping.

Both the promised unrest and the scaremongering over the possibility Trump will not concede are part of the same drumbeat that Democrats have marched to over the past four years: Trump, and indeed the entire GOP, are not just bad but illegitimate.

That's why talking heads keep repeating the long-debunked claim that Russia handed Trump the White House; why prominent Democrats pretend Stacey Abrams is the governor of Georgia; why Biden-aligned postal unions invented a crisis at the Post Office; why Hillary Clinton has told Joe Biden not to concede.

And of course it’s why Democrats are so invested in convincing voters that Trump and his white supremacist army are preparing a coup d'état, even as the Democrats involved in this ludicrous exercise plot just that—the story concludes with a hypothetical Biden campaign call for the secession of West Coast states should Trump prevail in the Electoral College while losing the popular vote. That would be an act of treason just as surely as it was 160 years ago.

The (vanishingly small) possibility that Trump refuses to leave the White House if he loses is irrelevant. The person that the Electoral College—or, in the event of a tie, the House of Representatives—selects as president will become the president. Should he lose the election, at noon on January 20, 2021, Trump would turn into a pest for the Secret Service to escort off the property. Our constitutional system is well-designed for such an orderly proceeding.

But Democrats have every reason to gin up this and other "election day nightmares," because their electoral strategy is to use these as an excuse to threaten more rioting in the streets—whatever they need to do to retake power.

Reasonable patriots should not be afraid to call this behavior what it is: a campaign by insurgent ideological groups to threaten and intimidate their way to victory. Such conduct, such a campaign to cow the populace into scared submission, is nothing less than electoral terrorism. And Americans should not bend an inch.