A few months ago, a misnamed group calling itself the “Transition Integrity Project” war-gamed various post-election scenarios, some of which resulted in catastrophic violence and unrest.
In one scenario, the three coastal Western states of California, Oregon, and Washington threatened to secede following a close reelection victory by President Donald Trump. Others predicted things would get so bad in the country that the U.S. military would be forced to intervene (a scenario suggesting that even state National Guard forces would become overwhelmed).
One of the TIP co-founders, Rosa Brooks, claimed that only a landslide victory for Joe Biden would result “in a relatively orderly transfer of power. Every other scenario we looked at involved street-level violence and political crisis.”
Translation: The perpetually unstable Democratic left will simply not accept a Trump reelection victory, period.
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Well, it appears as though police departments around the country agree with her, as various reports from around the country and world indicate
The NYPD is training every day and deploying hundreds of extra cops as it braces for Election Day and its aftermath, amid fears riots and protests could break out after the results are announced.
“We’re more prepared, we’ve done more training,” NYPD Chief Terrence Monahan said.
Meanwhile, Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, has noticed that police chiefs around the country were extending shifts in advance of the Nov. 3 Election Day.
“This year is unlike any year,’ he told The New York Times.
“We would never predict civil war, but isolated incidents of violence could be quite serious,” Robert Malley, head of the International Crisis Group — which monitors the globe for deadly conflict — said.
“People are afraid. They’re afraid of what’s going to happen,” Elizabeth Burdick, a Pennsylvania Trump supporter and gun store owner, told the Daily Mail.
Police departments are feeling the anxiety as well, and they are preparing. The Los Angeles Daily News reports:
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that his department is prepared to respond to any violence related to the Nov. 3 general election.
Voting will start at many Los Angeles County vote centers on Saturday, and voting by mail has been in full force throughout California, with more than 1.5 million early ballots already cast, according to state officials.
“We’re working with all of our partners, both first responders, emergency partners as well as L.A. County (sheriffs) … to talk about the approaching election cycle,” he told the paper.
Agencies in at least four major cities — Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Worth — confirmed they are planning for potential unrest around the Nov. 3 election. Officials in other Texas cities declined to say whether they’re doing the same.
The intent of such preparations, said Tara Long, an Austin Police Department spokesperson, “is to ensure the safety of the community while protecting the rights of people to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.”
Portland police say they are preparing, too – but they’ve been dealing with Antifa and Black Lives Matter knuckleheads for months since the George Floyd incident.
One final stat that isn’t encouraging: A Reuters/Ipsos poll just released found that 41 percent of Trump supporters and 43 percent of Biden supporters won’t accept the election results if their candidate loses.
Let’s hope calm prevails. But let’s do what the police are doing – prepare like it won’t.