The Art of the Dog Whistle

I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

Keith R. Higgons
etc. Magazine


Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

You either LOVE Donald Trump, or you LOATHE him.
I do not love him.

“Donald Trump said on Saturday if he does not win November’s presidential election it will mean the likely end of American democracy.” — Reuters.

Now, unless you’ve forgotten, he was doing the same shit back in 2020. Granted, the election year 2020 was complicated, and we all had a lot on our minds. And if you only look at traditional media, much of his nonsense went ignored. However, let’s not forget that around the summer of 2020, Trump started bloviating about how his loss in a general election would mean the election was rigged.

People still believe that bullshit, but I’m not tackling that today.

I am not a political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, or any kind of “ist” who would be able to explain that. But it didn’t take much to understand that this “If I don’t win, it’s a sham” nonsense was a dog whistle. And in typical Trump fashion, it was not a real discrete one either. It was just loud enough to awaken the Kraken of lunatics.

As I watched the events of January 6 unfold in real time, I thought of two things:

  1. It was a bunch of chuckleheads. If there is to be a coup in this country, it…