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Donald Trump’s defeat in his bid for presidential re-election ended within the past month, but because Trump is who he is, the loss has not registered to him or his die-hard supporters. Trump is still putting in requests for voting in states, like Georgia, to be reassessed despite Republican governors’ opposition to recalibrate the count.
He could just get off his bullshit and prepare for a peaceful transfer of power, but he’s a power-drunk, narcissistic imbecile, so conceding peacefully is not in the fiber of who he is as a person. None of this breaking news. His pigheadedness, however, is fueling his followers to endanger the lives of public officials around the country.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently alerted the public that dozens of armed Trump supporters were outside of her home in protest, chanting unfound claims of electoral fraud. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel described the protestors’ behavior as “mob-like behavior (that) is an affront to basic morality and decency.”
These citizens are of the same ilk as the ones who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last month. Their soon-to-be-evicted leader could bring an abrupt halt to this lawlessness, but he embraces this degree of unbridled patriotism as evidence that the election had to be fraudulent because clearly, the people want him to remain in office.
The underbelly of the Trump movement is the impassioned working-class white supporters willing to take or give a bullet on his behalf. They are the electorate unaffected by polling numbers, political data, demographic trends and any other measurable outcome that explains why he lost his bid for re-election.
We should not expect them to go quietly into the night. Their ideals have been centered over the last four years in the highest office in the land. An ever-browning nation and crippling economy have consistently heightened their anxiety and fear of whiteness as a vanishing power construct.
Their king has been dethroned. They do not trust what is on the horizon. They are willing to spill blood in objection to a regime change because they have been convinced that last month’s outcome is false.
And their outrage can jeopardize the safety of everyone else.
About the Author
Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate, and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be.