I have been expressing concerns for some time about the potential for a new civil war breaking out in America should something happen to Donald Trump (e.g., impeachment, losing the 2020 election, or otherwise being removed from office). I think I may have first mentioned it in this post from December 28, 2017, in which I wrote, “Will our democracy survive or will it trigger a new American civil war?”
But now that an official impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has begun, and Trump is behaving like a cornered rat, which he is, the notion of a new American civil war is starting to sound more like a possibility than an improbability. Because you know that Trump is not going to go silently into the night.
On Fox News this weekend, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress claimed that, “Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy the nation in the process” of impeachment, and mentioned that if Trump is removed from office, it will cause a “Civil War-like fracture….”
Trump then wrote, “I have never seen the Evangelical Christians more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately remove this President from office, overturn the 2016 Election, and negate the votes of millions of Evangelicals in the process.”And then the Tweeter-in-Chief tweeted this:An organization called the Oath Keepers, described as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the U.S. today,” followed up Trump’s tweet with this:
A “full-blown ‘hot’ civil war.” Yikes.
Some other fringe Republicans have also been suggesting that a new civil war between Democrats and Republicans is on the horizon. Iowa Republican representative Steve King, for example, shared an image “joking” about the potential for a civil war between blue states and red states:When I first started mentioning a new civil war in my blog, I was being a bit flippant. But now, while I don’t want to take any credit for being incredibly prescient, we find ourselves dealing with a narcissistic mad man who is tweeting out fiery vapor fanning the flames of discontent and division.
Buckle up, America.
Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (flippant), The Daily Spur (dealing), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vapor), Word of the Day Challenge (wrinkle), and Your Daily Word Prompt (harvest).