Trump supporters raise talk of armed revolt as he stokes their fears of a ‘rigged’ election
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump steps up his talk that the election will be “rigged” against him, his supporters are threatening violent reprisals if they don’t get their way.
In an Boston Globe report about Trump’s flailing campaign, the newspaper interviewed Trump supporters about how they plan to respond in November if their candidate loses.
Globe reporters attended a Trump rally in Cincinnati, Ohio last week and met Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contract worker, who spoke openly of assassinating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should she carry the polls in November.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Bowman said. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take…I would do whatever I can for my country.”
The Globe said that Trump’s campaign has been “unraveling” since he made his attacks on the Khan family, parents of a Muslim-American soldier who died in combat in Iraq. His poll numbers looked as if they might briefly rally in September, but weeks ago, “the bottom fell out.”
In the wake of the release of 2005 audio recordings, Trump’s campaign appears to have gone into free fall. Clinton is edging ahead to the tune of double digits and the Trump campaign has responded by going darker, more hateful and — according to some — downright anti-Semitic.
Some Trump fans have pledged to “monitor” polling stations in minority areas of their districts in order to prevent “voter fraud.”
Steve Webb, a 61-year-old carpenter, said he intends to be one of them.
“Trump said to watch your precincts. I’m going to go, for sure,” said Webb. “I’ll look for…well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American. I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”
Some conservatives are spreading wild stories about President Barack Obama “opening up the borders” to let in thousands of “illegals” so they can throw the election to Clinton.
“We’re going to have a lot of election fraud,” said Jeannine Bell Smith, 65. “They are having illegals vote. In some states, you don’t need voter registration to vote.”
“We can’t have that lying bitch in the White House,” she told a reporter after the rally’s opening prayer and singing of the national anthem.
“All I know is our country is not going to be a country anymore,” said Judy Wright, who traveled from Indiana to attend the Ohio rally. “I’ve heard people talk about a revolution. I’ve heard people talk about separation of states. I don’t even like to think about it. But I don’t think this movement is going away. We don’t have a voice anymore, and Donald Trump is giving us a voice.”