November 5, 2020
Fears of another civil war continue to grow as the 2020 US election remains undecided. Steve Bannon – Trump’s former strategist – called for the decapitation of Dr. Fauci and Chris Wray (FBI). This move startled many on social media, with some speculating Bannon’s words could constitute a federal offence. Some speculated Bannon’s words could lead to a revocation of his bail.
Twitter and YouTube took notice and quickly suspended multiple accounts linked to Steve Bannon.
Others on right-wing forums have taken Bannon up on his words. However, it is unclear whether people are likely to follow through with any of the attacks that are being planned. It is important to note that these attacks are planned regularly – and quite openly – on internet forums.
As the hashtag #StopTheSteal trends on Twitter, numerous Trump supporters made their way to polling stations. Some yelled through megaphones, some tried to enter polling stations to “keep watch”, others prayed in front of the building.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – People across the United States are preparing for an escalation in social conflict after President Trump declared victory early November 4.
Trump claimed that the election was a “fraud”, and that he, in fact, won the election. This claim was disputed by fact checkers. According to an article by Bloomberg Business, Trump’s claim was false, as the ballots were not fully counted at this time. Even Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator, felt the need to call Trump out.
Still, this has not deterred Trump supporters from taking the President’s claims of victory and voter fraud seriously. Far-right influencers such as Nick Fuentes and Alex Jones have echoed Trump’s claims of voter fraud. Jones has published at least 3 articles on this topic in the last 24 hours.
Alex Jones recently hosted Fuentes on his show, and has been pushing the “voter fraud” narrative on his website Infowars and social media channels. QANON influencers, such as “Joe M” made similar accusations of voter fraud, and have being making statements such as “trust the plan”.
To make matter worse, Trump’s campaign sent out letters encouraging supporters to “defend the election”. Some view this as a further attempt to start a civil war.
In addition to thinly veiled calls for violence, Trump has instructed an “army of lawyers” to engage in litigation. President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states as he slipped behind Democrat Joe Biden in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.
The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raise absentee ballot concerns, the campaign said.
Currently, crowds are growing in front of polling centers in Michigan and Arizona.