When he Loses the Election Will Trump Call His Armed and Delusional Supporters to the Streets?
We begin with the deadly possibility that Trump’s constant signals to white supremacist groups, QAnon and so-called “Patriot” militias could result in many of them showing up armed and dangerous during and after the election. We explore the possibility that a Biden victory stolen by Russian meddling could have angry Biden supporters taking to the streets, or more likely a Trump loss that he won’t accept could result in a call to arms by Trump bringing armed and delusional pro-Trump supporters to the streets. Joseph Lowndes, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and author of From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origin of Modern Conservatism, and co-author of Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right’s Politics of Precarity joins us to discuss his article at The Washington Post “The GOP had an uneasy relationship with the far right. Until Trump.” We will investigate why the Republicans are so silent when Trump praises vigilantism and extra-judicial killing and when one of his appointees calls for armed insurrection and the stockpiling of ammunition before an election that he proclaims will have to be settled by civil war.
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