October 26, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--Donald Trump’s claim that the upcoming election is rigged against him is without precedent in modern US history. The potential consequences are bigger than you think. The GOP candidate’s talk of “millions” of fraudulent votes and his commitment to only accept the election results “if I win” don’t sound like the words of a typical American politician, and for good reason: The typical American politician has faith in the system, accepts the results of an election, and moves on. Trump is doing something very different, pairing rhetoric about a rigged election with a message that basically says it’s him or the apocalypse. He has repeatedly warned his fans that if he loses, the America they know will be irreparably damaged. Those kinds of words can have serious real-world impact. A range of scholars who study everything from civil wars to the history of the Ku Klux Klan each expressed deep concern about potential consequences ranging from murders at polling booths to the rise of a new racist terrorist movement to the weakening of the long-term stability of the American political system. It’s important to emphasize that none of these outcomes is especially likely. If Trump loses, as now seems quite likely, things will probably be fine: Mass violence can only erupt under a specific set of circumstances, and American democracy has withstood an actual civil war, not to mentions decades of racially motivated unrest. Many right-wingers are also known for talking a big game but then ultimately backing down without a fight. “You have politicians talking about deporting Muslims and saying that the vetting process isn’t good enough,” Daryl Johnson, a former Department of Homeland Security analyst and expert on right-wing violence. “So people start thinking that ISIS is around every corner.” There’s an X factor in the United States that makes the situation particularly scary: guns. View More>>

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