Donald Trump har kun vist seg utenfor Det hvite hus i forbindelse med golfspill i Virginia. Foto: Steve Helber / AP / NTB
Det har ikke manglet på spådommer om at en Biden-seier med knapp margin ville utløse omtrent borgerkrigslignende tilstander.
Men redaktør Freddy Gray i Spectator USA skriver at så langt har alle støttemarkering for Trump vært helt og holdent fredlige, og det til tross for at Trump selv har levd opp til forventingen om at han ikke vil anerkjenne valgutfallet uten videre.
For months, the media has warned us that a narrow Joe Biden victory in the presidential election could lead to civil war. President Donald Trump would refuse to accept the result and his supporters would resort to violence. Well, the first part seems right; Trump is clinging on to the bitterest of ends. The second part, however, is wrong — so far, at least.
Dette er nokså oppsiktsvekkende, men faktum så langt er at «the deplorables» ikke ramponerer gater og plyndrer butikker, det er det radikale studenter, BLM-aktivister og Antifa som har stått for:
Yet what’s most remarkable is not that Trump’s voters are complaining — any group of people who lost an election so late would be entitled to feel aggrieved. It’s that there are absolutely no signs of civil unrest among Trump supporters. As Donald Trump Jr put it on Twitter: ‘70 million pissed off Republicans and not one city burned to the ground.’ Little Donald has a point. Deplorables don’t riot.
Så snur Gray bordet: Tenk om det var Biden som tapte opptellingen av stemmer etter at han hadde ledet klart de første timene og dagene etter at valglokalene stengte. Hva ville de mest hardcore demokratiske tilhengerne da ha stelt i stand?
Let’s say that all the early Joe Biden votes had been counted first, in every state, and by late Tuesday a Biden win seemed inevitable. Then, and only then, a huge red wave started to break across the election map. MSNBC, say, declared Arizona for Trump, even as the networks refused to call the states in which Biden was miles ahead. Key battleground states were inexplicably slow in tallying their results. Senior Democrats started panicking and claiming they had in fact won the election, but Twitter censored their claims as part of what it called its ‘security efforts’. Two days of uncertainty and confusion followed, and then on Saturday the networks eventually declared that Donald Trump had been reelected.
Det er mulig Biden selv ville tatt dette med stoisk ro, mer enn Trump har vist så langt, uten at vi noen gang vil få vite det, skriver Gray, men vi vet hva som sannsynligvis ville skjedd i mange byer – som mer eller mindre er helt dominert av Demokratene – om Trump ble gjenvalgt etter kontroversiell opptelling av poststemmer to–tre–fire dager etter at valglokalene stengte:
We know that shops in streets across urban America were boarded up in the run up to 3 November. That wasn’t for fear of Trump fans. There just aren’t enough Trump supporters to cause unrest in the cities, even if they wanted to. But the real reason we aren’t seeing MAGA hordes threatening anarchy is because Trump enthusiasts are the not the mirror extreme of the antifa vandals who terrorized cities this year. On the whole, Trumpists love their country and believe in law and order. They have lots of guns. They don’t tend to fire them at humans.
Det vi også vet, er at da Demokratene tapte i 2016, aksepterte de ikke resultatet som legitimt og rettferdig.
They really did spend four years trying to undo Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Om Trump og tilhengerne ikke har anerkjent valgresultatet så langt, og kanskje aldri vil gjøre det, så har de holdt sin demokratiske, ikke-voldelige sti ren, avslutter Freddy Gray:
Trump and his fans may never accept the result of this election. But, so far, they have not resorted to undemocratic tactics. Rather than berating the Trumpists for their inability to accept defeat, perhaps Democrats should reflect more deeply on how they might have behaved if 3 November had turned out slightly differently.