The Take:The election actually will be called today and why we should worry about right wing violence after Trump's abhorrent presser
Yesterday, I said the election would be called. If Philly didn't lose an hour counting votes because of a Trump lawsuit and Allegheny County would have counted votes yesterday we would have had a winner. We will have a winner declared today and it will be Joe Biden. The question is what happens next? Most have been concerned about whether Trump would cede power in any type of normal way or whether he would foment violence and civil strife. It was clear from his bonkers presser yesterday, that there is reason for concern.
We have seen lots of acts of violence from right wing Trump supporters over the last few months and years:
The armed militia Covid/anti-masks protests have involved armed folks storming state houses in Michigan, Kentucky and elsewhere
The plot to kidnap the MI governor
The shooting and killing two peaceful protestors in Wisconsin
Let's be clear that past dangerous rhetoric from Trump has led his supporters into violence to the point of wanting to create an insurrection against a duly elected governor. Trump will lie and steam and the good news is that most of the country has ignored his pleas to undermine democracy. We need to stay vigilant, appeal to the better angels, and proceed with the norms in our democratic institutions about the peaceful transfer of power.
The last two weeks a radical right wing Supreme Court radically transformed American life in all the wrong ways across a broad array of issues: women's rights, environmental regulations, gun safety, immigrant rights, indigenous rights, housing, public health, and protecting people from police violence. The conservative majority made decisions to take away fundamental rights and in other cases the Court stripped away legislation and regulation that the overwhelming majority of Americans desire and demand. The Supreme Court fed every right wing ideological bent undermining their own legitimacy and with it, the foundations of our democratic republic. Our democracy does not consistently represen
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