Texas Trump Supporters Says They are Ready to Take Up Arms and Fight if Trump Calls Them To
How willing are some Trump supporters to keep Trump in office? Apparently, according to this story by Reuters, very willing. Perhaps dangerously so. Some say they are willing to take up arms against the American government when Trump gives them the order to do so.
Texas-based chiropractor Brett Fryar told the outlet he’s joined a militia group called the South Plains Patriots. These “patriots” are engaging in firearms training sessions in case they need to stage an armed insurrection against the government.
“If President Trump comes out and says ‘Guys, I have irrefutable proof of fraud, the courts won’t listen, and I’m now calling on Americans to take up arms,’ we would go,” Fryar explained.
For the story, Reuters interviewed 50 different Trump supporters across the U.S. Each of them said they believed President-elect Joe Biden stole the election from Trump.
What’s even worse is that only 20 said they would willingly accept that Biden won, but only if they were shown evidence that no voter fraud had occurred.
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And apparently, 70-year-old Janet Hedrick, who supports Trump and resides in West Virginia would need a substantial amount of evidence. I say this because she told the outlet that she believes every one of Trump’s widely-debunked conspiracy theories about the election being stolen.
“There’s millions and millions of Trump votes that were just thrown out,” she said. “That computer was throwing them out.”
While conspiracy theories are rarely logical, they are becoming more dangerous because more and more Republicans are adopting them, normalizing false and increasingly extreme conspiracy theories to tens of millions of mainstream voters, say government scholars, analysts and some lawmakers from both parties.
This trend may strike deep reverberations for American political and civic institutions, according to Paul Light, a veteran political scientist at New York University.
“This is dystopian,” he said. “America could fracture.”
Fortunately, there’s at least one Republican with some sense. Adam Kinzinger, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is one of a few Republicans who has publicly recognized Biden’s win. He criticized his Republican colleagues for their reluctance to reject Trump’s conspiracies, calling this a failure of political courage that may very well undermine democracy in the U.S. for years. In an interview, he added that if people lose faith in election integrity, this could result in “really bad things.” Including social unrest and violence.
But that ship has already sailed as violent protests in Portland and other large cities in the U.S. would attest and that’s largely thanks to Trump who’s encouraged these things throughout his presidency by continuously spreading misinformation. The unraveling of democracy has already begun.
Biden’s election will almost certainly salve some wounds but it’s going to be a long time before this country recovers from the damage Trump has done. And it’s difficult to imagine one man could do so much damage in a span of four years, but here we are.