Donald Trump doesn’t take defeat very well. Rather than focus on getting out the vote or making the case as to why voters should support him, he’s ramping up his rhetoric regarding a rigged election.
Trump normally confines his absurd rants to Twitter, but he recently took to Facebook to talk about the “rigged” election and it has sparked a lot of discussion among Trump’s supporters.
Election offices from both parties have denied Trump’s claims, but some of his supporters aren’t convinced. David Clark, a sheriff in Wisconsin, has even called for Trump’s supporters to grab their torches and pitchforks.
‘It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time’
It's incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time pic.twitter.com/8G5G0daGVN
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) October 15, 2016
More than 100,000 people have commented on or reacted to Trump’s post about voter fraud and the rigged election. At his campaign events, supporters are divided. Some, such as Trump supporter Paul Anderson, insist that such rhetoric is metaphorical.
‘That’s symbolic for it’s time for the people to rise up. We’re not talking about violence. I know what you guys are going to do. It’s about the people rising up, and they’re being fed up. That doesn’t mean violence. It means vote for Donald Trump is what it means’
Others have openly called for a revolution if Hillary Clinton gets elected. One Trump supporter, Dan Bowman, said:
‘If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it. We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.’
It’s fairly easy to dismiss such talk as simply talk. But, among those commenting on Trump’s post regarding a rigged election, are more than 200 people involved in right-wing militia organizations.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are nearly 300 such groups in the United States. Such organizations aren’t always violent, but there have been several notable cases of violence carried out by right-wing militias. Last year, one such group took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon. More recently, a group known as the Crusaders were arrested after plotting to blow up a mosque.
Many militia groups keep their pages and members private, but nearly 250 keep public pages. The commenters discuss revolution and openly fighting the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
These posts and comments highlight the real danger that comes from Trump’s absurd comments about rigged elections. The danger won’t come from Trump. He’ll do little more than whine on his new TV network. It’s the crazies that are inspired by him that worries us.
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