In a little less than two weeks, we’ll be done voting. At least for president, anyway. Sure, there are going to be some run-offs here and there, but the lion’s share of the election will be over and we’ll have to deal with the aftermath.
Unfortunately, there is reason to believe that aftermath won’t be particularly peaceful, either.
Across the nation, many are bracing for what may well be inevitable post-election violence. More than one-third of the nation is expecting the election in two weeks to create “anarchy and chaos” resulting in potentially lethal violence.
A group conducting regular “barometer” readings of America’s readiness to return to normal after the COVID-19 crisis quizzed people about the election. Unprovoked, several of them mentioned concerns about gun violence, baton attacks, and fire bombings.
“We have not seen this alarming level of concern since we began surveying consumers at the beginning of April. People are preparing themselves for the worst possible post-election outcomes with the ongoing pandemic in the background adding to their anxiety,” said Ron Bonjean, a partner at ROKK Solutions, one of three firms conducting the “Back-to-Normal Barometer” Secrets regularly tracks.
“These results are chilling and indicate an America profoundly on-edge,” said Rich Thau, president of Engagious, who has conducted the survey for months with Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK. It found that 37% are anxious over the possibility of chaos. And the survey follows other recent findings that 61% are worried about a second civil war, and some 58% are stockpiling necessities just in case.
Honestly, I think those 37 percent are pretty damn smart. Then again, I’m part of that percentage, so of course I do.
At this point, we need to brace ourselves for the reality that violence may well be the response to the election results.
Further, there are other metrics we’re seeing showing little actual support for Biden. In particular, the turnout for campaign events suggests widespread and vehement support for President Trump and little for his challenger. People all over the nation are talking about how they’re not seeing yard signs for Biden but plenty of signs for Trump.