Thursday, December 10, 2020

Political Violence in the USA after the inauguration? Is this possible?

 It's a day off and just got back from the hospital (no big deal...routine stuff) and was watching "Deadline:White House with Nicole Wallace" and she had two segments covering the potential for violence from the right.

When I say the left media is worried sick about it I can't put too big an emphasis on it!  They're almost scared shitless.  I did a spin around the net and found this article from the Washington Times.

When Joe Biden is inaugurated in a little over a month, he’ll face an opposition that has convinced itself that the election was stolen from them, that the public health measures he encourages to get control of the coronavirus pandemic are a terrifying assault on their freedom, and that Biden and his party will literally attempt to destroy the United States.

We can’t know for certain how this era in our national life will play out. But the potential for a wave of right-wing domestic terrorism is absolutely real, and we ignore or dismiss it at our peril.

Even Republican politicians understand that the threat is moving beyond the realm of ordinary politics — primary challenges, letter-writing campaigns, the occasional angry voter at a town hall — to a place where people’s physical safety is at risk.

Consider this shocking comment from a Republican leader in the Pennsylvania state Senate, about a letter some of her colleagues sent to Congress demanding that their own state’s results in the presidential election be rejected:

Kim Ward, the Republican majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate, said the president had called her to declare there was fraud in the voting. But she said she had not been shown the letter to Congress, which was pulled together hastily, before its release.

Asked if she would have signed it, she indicated that the Republican base expected party leaders to back up Mr. Trump’s claims — or to face its wrath.

“If I would say to you, ‘I don’t want to do it,’” she said about signing the letter, “I’d get my house bombed tonight.”

Perhaps she was exaggerating, but the fact is that this is what immediately comes to the mind of a loyal Republican in the midst of an election controversy: If I don’t support Trump’s insane claims of fraud, my own party’s supporters might kill me and my family.

That sounds like some Shia vs Sunni stuff.  Tribal to the extreme.  Primitive. It doesn't sound like the USA to me.

Is this real or fiction?

Is the news media just shouting because of imagined dragons or is there actually something to this? 

Sidenote.  I know my audience.  I know some of you will say that the Black Lives Matters protests (that were hijacked by anarchists) were political violence. I will say you're wrong.  That was a two part series.  First you had the peaceful protests and then you had the outright violence.  The protests were very different from the riots and should be seen as such. Was that political violence? Maybe.  I'm not sure.  Define the riots how you want but at least have the courtesy to defend your opinion.

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