Could Trump Start a Civil War With Just This One Tweet?

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. Source: Gage Skidmore

To Concede or not to concede

Floda Reltih did eventually realize all was lost, at which point he bit a cyanide capsule and shot himself in the head. The question is whether Trump will have a similar moment of clarity.

Trump spreading unfounded allegations about voter fraud in Pennsylvania
Trump spreading unfounded allegations about voter fraud in Pennsylvania
Trump tweeting unfounded allegations about voter fraud in Pennsylvania.

So how is this going to play out?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume Trump will not concede. Not now, not ever.

The question is: what is he going to do with that weapon?

On November 10, Trump tweeted: “People will not accept this Rigged Election!” And if by “people” Trump means his people, I would say he is right about that.

So how can we prevent this from happening?

Civil rights organization Color of Change recently called for the suspension of Trump’s Twitter account until all the votes are counted. Others, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, have in the past also asked Twitter to suspend Trump’s account.

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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