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Below is my column from Fox.com on getting into the country’s downtown area in anticipation of election campaigns if Trump wins or if the election is imminent. I have long criticized both sides in order to stir up the anger and conspiracy theories on both sides. On the Republican side, President Donald Trump has denounced the postal vote as a democratic conspiracy to steal the elections. On the Democratic side, leaders have told voters that there is no legitimate way for Trump to win. The fact that our leaders try to capitalize on such anger and fear is reprehensible. However, none of this excuses those who believe they have permission to get excited, loot, and burn themselves. These are criminal acts that are excused as “protests”. We are now preparing for unrest as if it were a natural result of the competitive elections.
Here is the column:
Driving around Washington DC a few days ago was a shocking experience. Businesses are being boarded up block by block, and everything that is disposable or movable has been removed from the streets.
Meanwhile, the faculties, staff, and students at George Washington University (where I teach) have been told to store medicines and groceries “as they normally would in a hurricane or snowstorm.”
The reason? We are facing a democratic choice. Unless it’s a landslide for Biden, the expectation is that there will be riots and arson in Washington and other cities. A warm front with “possible disturbances caused by elections” is reported like a meteorological election event.
When exactly did election campaigns become as predictable as bad weather?
The riots forecast with the possibility of looting and arson is being repeated across the country as if it were now an inconvenient truth of the political version of global warming.
The most likely disruption would be a tight election or Trump’s leadership. That risk is heightened after Democratic leaders like House Majority Whip James Clyburn, DS.C. said on Sunday that Democrat Joe Biden could only lose the election if the electoral suppression was successful.
If Trump is close or wins on election night, it can only be due to illegal behavior. When President Trump made such statements about the theft of the elections, the media were on high alert as he laid the groundwork for a coup.
However, the media seems completely satisfied with Clyburn’s pre-election statement that either Biden will win or the election will be void.
The fact is, the odds are against President Trump. However, the current survey shows that the race is getting worse in critical conditions.
The country remains deeply divided, and even the best polls in Biden still show a solid 45 percent for Trump. However, Democratic members like Clyburn already state that either Biden will win or the election will be stolen.
No wonder that officials declare a violent front that pulls political Doppler readings into big cities and develops a vortex of protest and political depression.
However, unrest is not an act of God, but the criminal acts of those who advocate democratic elections only insofar as they lead to the “correct” results. DC Police Chief Peter Newsham warned: “It is widely believed that there will be rioting after the November election, regardless of who wins.”
For those of us in charge of the legal analysis on election night and the days that follow, the increasing threat of violence only tarnishes the understanding of viewers. Many networks are already under pressure to design legal analyzes in such a way that they meet the requirements of the echo journalism model.
People have little tolerance for analyzes that do not confirm their prejudices. They want clarity and reinforcement like Clyburn, who reassures them that any close election or Trump victory is by definition a stolen election.
That expectation was heightened by the relentless media coverage that supported Biden and his campaign. When you watch CNN or MSNBC, there is no other option than election fraud if Trump gets any closer on election night.
I’ve been reporting on presidential election nights for various networks for about 20 years. In every election there were irregularities and challenges. The greatest controversy of its kind came with the 2000 elections, which were ultimately decided in the Bush v Gore ruling by the Supreme Court.
However, I don’t recall any previous rioting elections, let alone such predictions in virtually every major city.
The legal prognosis is not good. Without a landslide in Biden, this will be chaotic. We never relied on that number of postal ballot papers. Even in a normal year with a fraction of that number of mail-in votes, we had inevitable challenges as to when and how to count such votes.
This could be a perfect storm of such electoral problems. Both campaigns have gathered forces of lawyers who make D-Day look like a small intimate gathering. You will use these lawyers.
It falls into the old military adage, “If you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” In any competitive election, all of these campaigns will be advocates and any problem will look like a scam.
The benefit of legal challenges, however, is that attorneys do not throw their burning pleadings through the broken windows of courthouses. We have a political system to bring about democratic change and a legal system to ensure that such change is the result of votes, not civil unrest.
Here is my legal prediction. This constitutional system will survive this election even if our windows don’t. This unrest is caused by the exercise of democracy, not by its denial.
For the rest of us, that too will pass.