If none of this worries you, you aren’t paying attention.

First published in May 2020.

Trump was a bad winner*. He is going to be a terrible loser.

(*He lost the popular vote)

Assuming (as I do) he narrowly loses in November, he will claim voter fraud, and tell his heavily armed MAGA wingnut army to take to the streets.

He will demand riots, but white, and with AK47s.

He is already seeding the idea all postal voting is fraud. Already encouraging violence on the streets. Already claiming a polling plot against him. Already trying to close down fact-checking.

Twitter - @realDonaldTrump
Fact-checking Trump’s claims that mail-in voting is rife with fraud. / CNN

All this will be amplified by Fox News and Facebook.

I am not, by nature, a paranoid man, and I hate conspiracy theories: they are so stupid. But you don’t need to be paranoid. This is happening right now. I just can’t see him doing a concession speech. I can definitely see him defiantly provoking a war.

And America has a history of two sides, largely divided on racial grounds, with two people claiming to be the real President.

U.S. Civil War (1860-1865). / The Library of Congress

This time, one side has library cards and the other side has assault rifles and a quasi-military police force that is already willing to shoot citizens.

And they are pretty much the most heavily armed nation in history, with around 100,000 shootings a year, and a nuclear stockpile that can destroy the planet 10 times over.

If none of this worries you, you aren’t paying attention.🔷

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 31 May 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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