Donald Trump supporters have long been threatening a revolution if Trump loses the election in November. Recent statements by Donald Trump, including his refusal at the last debate to commit to accepting the results of the election if he loses, seem to have fired up supporters even more. Is it possible that Donald Trump supporters pose a legitimate threat to the peace and stability of America if Trump loses in November, an outcome that is becoming increasingly likely by the day?
As CNN reports, Donald Trump supporters have rallied around their candidate anew since the third and final presidential debate. It was during this interaction with Hillary Clinton that Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the presidential election if he loses his White House bid.
Worth remembering that Trump--briefly--called for a revolution before. pic.twitter.com/5SSbFKmLZu— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) October 20, 2016
Donald Trump’s supporters got an even bigger taste of Trump’s ego the next day when he doubled down on his debate night refusal to commit, reports CNN. That’s when, at an Ohio rally, Donald Trump told his pumped-up supporters that he will accept the results of the November election. If he wins.
“I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win.”
Trump went on to talk to his supporters about the Bush/Gore election debacle that divided and marred the U.S. presidential election of 2000. Ultimately, while Al Gore won the popular vote, George W. Bush won the electoral college and the election after a Florida recount.
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s continued comparisons between himself and George W. Bush circa 2000, many experts have come out with some fact-checking in an effort to educate his supporters about the vast differences between Donald Trump’s claims of “election rigging” and what happened back in 2000.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, Trump and his supporters need to recognize that despite Donald Trump’s claims, there were no claims of “election rigging” leading up to the 2000 election results and the ensuing drama that followed.
“In 2000, both George Bush and Al Gore said that they would respect and abide by whatever the ultimate [result] was. But there was never a suggestion by either side that they would impugn the legitimacy of the result, that they would claim it was a rigged decision, that they would claim it was flawed.”
RT if you can't stand the bigoted liberal media. We're fed up and not going to take anymore. It's time for a revolution! pic.twitter.com/gJPuvH8mQb— The Trump Movement (@movement_trump) October 16, 2016
Donald Trump and his supporters, however, do continue to claim that they are in the midst of a rigged election. However, they only claim to believe that the election is rigged if Donald Trump loses. In that case, his supporters believe the only reason could be that the election was stolen. And Donald Trump has continued to perpetuate that myth, even as his supporters have publicly called for a “revolution” if their guy fails.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, even had to tell a Trump supporter not to encourage that kind of talk at an Iowa rally earlier in October, reports CNN.
“Our lives depend on this election. Our kids’ futures depend on this election and I will tell you just for me, and I don’t want this to happen but I will tell you for me personally if Hillary Clinton gets in, I myself, I’m ready for a revolution because we can’t have her in.
Pence shook his head a little, saying: “‘Don’t say that.'”
Frighteningly enough, the Iowa Donald Trump supporter (identified only as Rhonda) didn’t even say she’s ready for a revolution if Donald Trump is cheated, she said that she’s ready for one if Hillary Clinton wins. Many Donald Trump supporters have taken to social media and alt-right sites to say the same, with some adding the word “deplorable” to their online handles to further advertise their support for Trump.
If Trump does not win there won't be a voting machine standing anywhere and Washington will under siege in a 2nd revolution. https://t.co/OTZn74PagV— Canalzonevet (@czonevet) October 21, 2016
Based on what Trump said tonight, they're going to think twice before rigging this election or they might have a revolution on their hands.— Donald jon Bismarck (@DonaldjBismarck) October 20, 2016
And a Hillary Clinton victory is looking more and more likely by the day. Since Donald Trump’s “grab them by the p***y” video was leaked, the Republican candidate has dropped steadily in the polls, and Hillary Clinton is now commanding a nearly double-digit lead across the board. There’s a strong chance that Donald Trump won’t be able to pull off a win in traditionally Republican states, and even super-conservative Utah looks like it might be swinging to the left or handing its six electoral votes to a third-party candidate.
The electoral vote map paints an even more dire picture of Donald Trump, with his path to victory having narrowed nearly to the point of nonexistence, despite what his die-hard supporters may think of his chances.
With Donald Trump’s loss looking more and more inevitable by the day, with Donald Trump reiterating to his supporters that he believes the election is rigged, and with his “proud deplorables” publicly calling for a revolution if he loses, could America and Americans be in real danger in November?
If sites that are hotspots for Donald Trump supporters are any indication, the answer is a solid maybe. Sites like Godlikeproductions.com are dark corners of the internet where Trump’s supporters often congregate and share ideas with a modicum of anonymity, and recently most of the message board threads are geared toward Donald Trump’s campaign and what supporters plan to do if and when he loses. One such thread is titled, quite simply, “When will the Revolution Begin?” The hateful vitriol begins with the first post.
“The night Hitlery steals the election or the day she is crowned Whore of Babylon?”
Alt-right conspiracy websites and social media aren’t the only places where talk of a revolution by disgruntled Donald Trump supporters is going on. The problem has gotten so bad that even the Week is reporting their opinion that even the U.S. military should be concerned about the revolution threats coming from Donald Trump supporters.
“Who can say what the 40-60 million Trump voters might do if he tries to incite rebellion? The federal government must prepare for worst.”
What do you think? Do you think that America will remain peaceful on the morning of November 9 no matter who wins? Or do you believe that people should be legitimately concerned with the reaction of angry and disappointed Donald Trump supporters, supporters who have openly called for a revolution based on the election outcome if Trump loses?
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