Election 2020

Experts Warn That Trump Will Do Horrifying Things if He is Re-elected, Here Are Just a Few

Many of us already realize that the situation for the U.S. will be awful if President Donald Trump is reelected, but there’s a good chance it may be even worse than we thought, according to Indy100, which notes that there has yet to be a one-term president in the 21st Century.

While it’s true that most polls place Trump’s Democratic contender Joe Biden as well ahead of him, we need to remember that was also the case when Hillary Clinton was running against Trump in the 2016 election. I was convinced Clinton was going to win. Boy was I wrong.

Indy100 is trying to put this situation in its proper perspective and journalist Joanna Taylor talked to several U.S. politics experts to find out what they think the future may hold if Trump wins. I’m only highlighting a couple of perspectives here, but you really should read her article further, to give you a better idea of what we really are facing if Trump is reelected.

Trump supporters will become vigilantes and Trump will attempt to rule by executive order. That’s according to Princeton sociology professor Paul Starr, who is also co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Starr believes a second Trump term will lead to open hostility and increasingly anti-democratic governance. Starr is also worried Trump will start a “renewed arms race” with China and there will be “increasing political violence.” He warned this sequence of events may look something like this, per Indy100:

  • “U.S. withdrawal from NATO and radical decline, if not collapse, of other international institutions, along with a renewal arms race and increased risk of confrontation with China;
  • Government by executive order, often in defiance of Congress;
  • Effective overturning of major forms of economic and environmental regulation as a result of the combined effect of Supreme Court decisions and Trump administration policies;
  • Increasing political violence; widespread vigilante action by Trump-aligned militias in states with Democratic governors and mayors.”

Last month, Trump signed an executive order that’s likely to be very divisive because it purports to fight “race and sex stereotyping.” But the order bases this on the assumption that people are promoting the “false belief” that “America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country.” Trump, it’s worth noting, has claimed the “Me Too” age is “a scary time for young men,” and has said Black Lives Matter is a “symbol of hate.”

We’ve also seen violent terroristic acts people thought to be Trump supporters, like accused shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. Trump has stubbornly refused to condone this and has even gone so far as to tell the Proud Boys white supremacist group to “stand by” during the first presidential debate.

  • Trump may cause irreparable harm to LGBTQ+ rights if he’s reelected. Trans people have already been penalized by being banned from military service and they face the possibility of losing healthcare protections.

Journalist Charlotte Clymer, who advocates for human rights told Taylor that Trump’s reelection may signify “the near-eradication of LGBTQ+ equality and safety in the United States.” That situation may become even worse if the Supreme Court is helmed by a majority of conservative justices. And sadly, this may happen if Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed.

“If Trump and Pence are re-elected, nearly all the legal gains made by LGBTQ people over the past two decades are almost guaranteed to be wiped out in their second term. Since day one of this administration, Trump and Pence have aggressively attacked and rolled back the rights of LGBTQ people, and they would now be abetted a 6-3 majority conservative Supreme Court if Judge Barrett is confirmed.”

Some are even concerned that a Republican-backed majority may lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that gave women the right to have an abortion.

Quite obviously, there is a lot at risk here. Please keep yourself informed and vote to ensure the safety of others as well as yourself. Our lives depend on it.

meet the author

Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity.

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