The 20 Million Die-Hard Trump Supporters Who Could Start a Second Civil War

Yard sign that says “Bye Don 2020.”
Yard sign that says “Bye Don 2020.”
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War is the continuation of politics by other means, Carl von Clausewitz said. The same holds true for civil war.

A recent Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service poll found that voters believe the US is almost three-quarters of the way to the “edge of civil war.” More than a third of US voters even think it is likely the United States will experience civil war sometime in the next five years.

Now, I never thought I’d seriously entertain the question I’m about to ask, but given that we are fast approaching what both the left and right have dubbed “the most important election in US history,” the outcome of which will likely not be accepted by the losing part of the…


And so should every other state

Texas flag map
Texas flag map
Texas flag map. Source: Anon Moos based on image by Darwinek

Texas Republican Party Chair Allen West made waves Friday by floating the idea of secession after the Supreme Court threw out a Texas lawsuit aimed at overturning the results of the presidential election.

Commenting on the decision, West said: “Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the Constitution.”

The remark drew immediate rebuke from Democrats and some Republicans, who bristled that both the outcome of the Civil War and a Supreme Court decision from 1869 established that secession from the union was illegal.

Adam Kinzinger, Republican Rep. from Illinois and frequent Trump critic, for instance, said: “My guy Abraham Lincoln and the Union soldiers already told you no,” which, to be honest, sounds a lot like a mobster husband reminding his wife what happened the last time she told him she was filing for divorce. …


The 3 reasons why American police kill 1,000 civilians every year

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Left-Leaning media contend that police killings are the result of systemic racism. But however powerful the anecdotal evidence might seem, this view is not supported by empirical data.

Yes, black Americans are killed at more than twice the rate of white people. But that does not mean racism is the cause of this disparity. In fact, a thorough analysis of racial differences in police use of force by Harvard Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. found “no racial differences” in officer-involved shootings.

Explaining the disparity between the anecdotal evidence widely covered in the news and the outcome of his research, Professor Freyer, who is black, said: “The types of encounters that lead to police shootings in the videos that we have all seen are not the most common that actually occur in the data. In Houston, for instance, most of the officer-involved shootings come from calls for service resulting from burglaries or violent crimes, not from chasing down people with broken taillights.” …


A drowning man will clutch at a straw. Time to #SuspendTrump

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Source: Gage Skidmore

Is it just me, or is Trump’s behavior increasingly (and eerily) similar to that of another infamous demagogue during the final days of his reign?

Like Trump, this other leader, let’s call him Floda Reltih, was faced with imminent defeat by a grand coalition of capitalists and socialists. Holed up in his offices, colloquially known as his “bunker,” he surrounded himself with loyalists, whom he ordered to keep fighting on to the last man.

Like Trump, who, according to people close to him, is moving between baseless belligerence and resignation, Reltih moved between a fanatical belief in the “Final Victory” and tired resignation to the inevitable. …


If you struggle this much against the worst President in American history, you didn’t do a very good job

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a community event in Henderson, Nevada.
Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a community event in Henderson, Nevada.
Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a community event at Sun City MacDonald Ranch in Henderson, Nevada. Source: Gage Skidmore

How can it be this close? Tell me you didn’t ask yourself that question last night or when you woke up this morning.

How is it possible that Joe Biden did not win this election in a landslide? And don’t come with vague accusations of white supremacy and disgruntled white working-class men, because Biden also underperformed against Latino voters.

This is a president who has shown no leadership whatsoever during the biggest and most deadly pandemic in a century; who suggested we inject people with disinfectants to cure COVID; who lies so much it’s impossible to keep up; who has been impeached for abuse of power (remember? …


And how we are helping him do it

Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform c. 1980. Source: Kremlin Archive. Unknown author
Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform c. 1980. Source: Kremlin Archive. Unknown author
Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform c. 1980. Source: Kremlin Archive. Unknown author

One of Vladimir Putin’s main goals in the 2016 presidential election was to undermine faith in American democracy. This time, he could help end American democracy altogether.

According to a recent AP-NORC poll, more than two-thirds of Democrats are concerned about potential foreign interference in November’s election, And while only 30% of Republicans also worry about foreign interference, 43% are extremely worried about mail-in voter fraud (the number shoots up to 61% for those who only consume conservative news sources).

Meanwhile, the stakes (or at least the perceived stakes) for this election couldn’t be higher. Because the one thing both sides agree on is that this is not just another election. …


Now more than ever we need the Democrats to be the adults in the room.

The Courtroom of the Supreme Court showing Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Bench Chair in black following her death.
The Courtroom of the Supreme Court showing Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Bench Chair in black following her death.
The Courtroom of the Supreme Court showing Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Bench Chair and the Bench in front of her seat draped in black following her death on September 18th, 2020. Credit: Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

You know there is something profoundly wrong with the Supreme Court appointment process when the dying wish of an 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice is “not to be replaced until a new president is installed.

One thing is clear: the last thing an already dangerously polarized country needs is an equally polarized Supreme Court. If anything, we need the exact opposite.

Obviously the Republicans haven’t gotten the message, though, with their refusal to give Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing in 2016, and their nominations of the highly conservative Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and now Amy Coney Barrett.

But neither have the Democrats. Viewing a conservative Court as a threat to the realization of their agenda, they are openly discussing adding seats to the Court—aka court-packing—should they capture the White House and the Senate, an ill-advised move that would turn the last independent branch of government into a political tool. …


Hint: don’t count on Congress, the Supreme Court, the Constitution, or the military

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“Stand back and stand by” was the message Trump had for the white supremacists and militia groups he was asked to condemn during last night’s debate. That didn’t sound like a condemnation to me. It sounded like a command.

And last week, when asked whether he’d commit to a peaceful transition, Trump answered: “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.

I don’t know about you, but I increasingly fear there might be only one way to get rid of Trump, and it won’t be by voting.

Trump’s game plan is clear.

For months now, through tweets, speeches, and interviews, Trump and his allies have been laying the groundwork for disputing an unfavorable outcome of the election by alleging that voting by mail will cause massive fraud. …

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J.C. Peters

Author of History That Changed the World (Odyssea Publishing, 2017). Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, on CNBC, The Hill, Quartz, and other media.

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