Undermining Americans’ faith in their democratic process, while financially beneficial to Trump, has come with disastrous consequences for the public. Of course, that’s been true of many of Trump’s efforts, including during his time as a “businessman” and reality TV show host and as president.
If you are a citizen of the United States and you approve of this kind of behavior you are neither a good citizen nor a good person and you should be ashamed of yourself. https://t.co/d5AQmZdAN2
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 7, 2020
On Sunday, some of those consequences became glaringly apparent when Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of Michigan posted video of armed Trump supporters gathered outside of her home, while she was inside with her young son, standing outside her home and chanting “stop the steal!” to try and intimidate her into overturning an election on behalf of the president.
Benson posted a statement saying:
‘I have always been an energetic advocate for the right and importance of peaceful protest as enshrined in the United States Constitution, however, there is a line crossed when gatherings are done with the primary purpose of intimidation of public officials who are carrying out the oath of office they solemnly took as elected officials.’
“Dozens of armed individuals” showed up to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s home last night, shouting “Stop The Steal!” pic.twitter.com/rZhPK5hbsv
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 7, 2020
The actions taken by individuals who have bought into Trump’s latest get-rich-quick scheme are not an unexpected consequence of Trump’s actions and statements about “rigged” elections in recent days. Those statements are purposeful and meant to result in incidences exactly like these. Earlier the same evening, Trump tweeted disparaging comments at Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, attempting to bully him into changing election results, as well. From there, his supporters will do the rest. Kemp has been warned, and the outrage from Trump’s conspiracy theory-loving voters is sure to come.
Twitter was horrified by the video, as any American should be. Read some of their comments below: