Why they will be the scariest of your life.
The US is 100 days away from the next presidential inauguration. The entire future of the Republic hinges on whether the American people choose former Vice President Joe Biden (thereby saving the Republic) or current President Donald Trump (thereby destroying the Republic). However, the next hundred days will be grim for this nation — no matter which candidate prevails on November 3 and here is why:
1. Donald Trump will not willingly leave the White House
Donald Trump will not willingly leave the White House. That has been apparent now for at least a year. There are many reasons for this but the two most prominent ones are a) the power and fame the presidency brings and b) the legal morass that awaits Trump upon his exit from the White House.
a) Despite the hopes and prayers of many optimistic Americans that Donald John Trump would rise to the moment, grow into the office, appreciate the awesome honor bestowed on him by a MINORITY of the voters, former First Lady Michelle Obama told us a long time ago that this was not going to be the case. “Being president,” she said, “doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.”
Donald Trump is a narcissist, a whore for attention, a famous teetotaler who does not need alcohol because his addiction is to fame, media, headlines, news, and his own power to create a world where everyone is talking about him. Nothing post-presidency can afford him center-of-the-universe status like this stint as Commander-in-Chief, no matter how shockingly awful it has been. Even mentally stable men have to figure out what to do with themselves post-presidency when — oftentimes at relatively young ages — they grapple with the understanding that they can never ascend again. From the White House, no matter where they go or what they do, everything is a descent. That’s not an easy burden for anyone, let alone the most narcissistic man to ever hold the office — and possibly to ever live.
b) Trump is in deep financial and legal trouble. Almost daily, dedicated and hardworking journalists reveal more of his financial entanglements that are, at worse, criminal and, at best, unsustainable. Also almost daily, NY Attorney General Letitia James and state prosecutors close in on financial discrepancies, fraudulent activities and funny business in the Trump orbit. As long as he is the President, he can not stop trouble but he can slow it down quite a bit. With the immense power of the federal government, Trump and his evil minions in the Justice Department, the Treasury, the State Department and the intelligence community can divert, redirect, obstruct and impede legitimate investigations into the most corrupt man to ever hold the office of the presidency.
Trump is deathly afraid of life post-presidency when he loses the power — and the microphone — that come with the office.
Donald Trump is a narcissist, a whore for attention, a famous teetotaler who does not need alcohol because his addiction is to fame, media, headlines, news, and his own power to create a world where everyone is talking about him.
2. Trump supporters are preparing for unspeakable violence over the next 100 days.
Trump supporters are preparing for unspeakable violence over the next 100 days. It does not matter who wins the election. The violence will come either way. Because they are violent. Because they are angry. Because they are evil.
If Biden wins the election, Trump will use his aforementioned power and megaphone to incite his angry and aggrieved supporters to take to the streets to fight the “rigged” election results. Rather than condemn them when he had a national platform to do so just a few days ago, he instead told them to stand back and stand by. On the night of November 3, the stand-by order will be lifted as he gives them a new order to fight — and fight they will.
If Trump wins the election, those who are discouraged by the results will take to the streets in protests, rallies and marches, much as they did in 2016. The difference is armed and violent Trump supporters will meet them in the streets, emboldened by another four years of a lawless presidency, emboldened by Trump’s unwavering support for white supremacists, far-right extremists, and domestic terrorists, emboldened by the sympathetic stance by many in law enforcement ranks, emboldened by the inexplicable embrace of Kyle Rittenhouse by alleged evangelical Christians.
Just as many domestic terror groups infiltrated peaceful Black Lives Matter protests this summer with the intent of creating chaos and advancing violence, so will they take to post-election protests armed to the teeth with arsenals that they have been stockpiling at such extensive levels that the reports of weapons and ammunition shortages have moved from the fringe to the mainstream.
The “American Carnage” Trump spoke of in his 2017 inaugural address will commence in earnest on November 3. If you are afraid — you are right to be. If you are not — you are not paying attention. There will be blood in the streets. There will be fatherless children. There will be anarchy in American cities. The looting and rioting will be unlike what many have ever seen before. We are less than one month from November 3 — three weeks and three days to be exact — and carnage is on the horizon.
3. Economic anxiety is gripping the nation.
Economic anxiety is gripping the nation. Longtime Democratic political strategist James Carville famously said “It’s the economy, Stupid,” in 1992 and — without exception — that’s what it is in 2020. 12.6 million people are unemployed. Women’s unemployment has reached double digits for the first time since the 1940s. Latina unemployment is 15 percent, Black women 14 percent, compared to just nine percent for White men — which itself is quite high. Nearly 200,000 businesses have closed since the start of the pandemic — 60% of them with no intention of reopening. Every closed business represents the loss of jobs, livelihoods, life savings and lived identities.
Unemployment is up. Evictions are up. Hunger and homelessness are up. And with each of these comes stress — the kind of stress that is always only tied to not enough money to make it. Every day that the US Congress fails in its central duty to assist and support the American people during their most turbulent and tumultuous days — stress levels go up that cause people to do things that would be otherwise completely uncharacteristic. The initial stimulus package with enhanced unemployment benefits expired in July. Since then, Americans had scraped, scrapped and struggled to hold it together in hopes of another round of relief. Now it appears it may be 2021 before any meaningful relief makes its way to American households.
Economic anxiety is often accurately identified as a thinly veiled code for racism, sexism, toxic masculinity, and far-right extremism, though at its most basic level — economic anxiety is a real phenomenon that raises people’s stress and anger and impatience and intolerance. A hopeless people is a dangerous people; the failure of the Congress to provide hope will certainly exacerbate the danger in the streets. While senators and representatives sleep well in warm beds far from the urban epicenters of the culture wars, the people they have harmed will take their anger out on — frankly — others who are in the same boat and are not responsible for their struggles.
America has endured difficult days in her history. Americans are made of genuinely tough stuff and it is not naïve to believe that though we are stretched we will not be broken. However, our “bonds of affection” will be strained to capacity over the next 100 days.