There will be hell to pay if Donald Trump loses, chaos if he wins

There will be hell to pay if Donald Trump loses, chaos if he wins. By Chris Kenny.

Days after Trump’s inauguration, when Madonna told a Washington DC protest that she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” most of us thought that it was just an ill-judged, rhetorical flourish. But three and a half years on, we see it was a pithy and prescient exposition of the liberal left’s strategy to defeat the President. …

It is a rich irony now to recall that during the 2016 campaign, when Trump argued the contest was rigged against him, he was asked whether he would unequivocally accept the result. The Republican candidate refused to provide the promise they demanded (just as he refuses now), saying only that he would accept the result if he won.

Hilariously in hindsight, Hillary Clinton and her media barrackers argued Trump would threaten democracy by refusing to concede. Because from the moment Trump won, the liberal left has railed against the result, attacked his legitimacy, and attempted to push him from office by fair means or foul. …

Every conceivable ex post facto justification has been marshalled to delegitimise this President. The only strategy was to blow Trump up. …

At no stage has there been acceptance from the political/media class that the Clinton campaign comprehensively failed in its mission, voters got it right and that the Democrats need to learn the lessons of the Trump-inspired rejection of politics-as-usual. Even now, the only discernible campaign message coming from Joe Biden’s camp is that they must rid the country of Trump — he is evil, immoral, reckless, stupid and all the rest of it.

They have made no adjustments in light of central political insight laid bare by Trump — the mainstream disaffection with a sclerotic Washington system fuelling a desire to shake up the political establishment. Trump has tried to drain the swamp, so the Democrats have unleashed the alligators. …

In the US … media antipathy towards the President has created a toxic environment of fake news where Trump’s legendary exaggerations and self-fascinated diatribes seem to have been taken as an excuse for journalists to relieve themselves of the burden of fair and accurate reporting. And this inflames the risk to democracy.

Voters notice this; they see through the tricks. Swathes of alienated and disenchanted mainstream Americans elected Trump, and they have seen the establishment and media relentlessly tear him down.

If Trump loses, they might see that Trump tried to clean up the cosy political/bureaucratic/media establishment and, instead, was unfairly destroyed by them. A Trump defeat might complete the alienation of an embittered constituency whose democratic choice was never accepted. Some might conclude they can never win. It will confirm the worst fears of the wisely sceptical as well as those of the dangerously paranoid.

On the other hand, if Biden (or whoever runs for the Democrats) loses what has become the unlosable election, heaven knows what will unfold but it will certainly involve Antifa rioters. The political/media class never accepted the last result, so it is difficult to imagine them offering their loser’s consent this time.

Yep.