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When Trump Throws Post-Election Dung, How Will His Fans Respond?

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When Trump Throws Post-Election Dung, How Will His Fans Respond?

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So now the big crybaby says he’s losing because his opponent is crooked and the referees are blind. It’s straight out of the WWE “Wrestlemania” playbook. It’s not for nothing that Donald J. Trump was inducted into the professional wrestling Hall of Fame, as I’ve noted before.

It’s all there: the boasting, the strutting, the racialized taunts, and the simulated mayhem naïve observers sometimes mistake for real. But it’s all make-believe, and deep down nearly all WWE fans know it. I expect most Trump supporters do too. Having failed miserably in his televised debates with Hillary Clinton—if he hadn’t been so outclassed, it’d be tempting to say he choked—Trump now claims that the entire U.S. political system is corrupt.

“The election is being rigged by corrupt people pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president,” the GOP candidate whined. “We can’t let them get away with this, folks….Remember this, it’s a rigged election….It’s a rigged election…It’s a rigged election.”

No, Donald, you’re just a big loser. Possibly one of the biggest losers in the history of American politics. “A third-rate con man who wilted under pressure and was finally incinerated in a fireball of his own stupidity” is how Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi puts it.

From a purely psychological perspective, it’ll be interesting to watch how Trump copes with his seemingly inevitable defeat. Beaten by a woman, no less, which to a man with the psychological makeup of an adolescent chimpanzee—all chest-beating and ritualized threat displays—is doubly worse.  

Among the great apes, it’s common for a humiliated combatant to defecate in his hand and fling it at his rival.

But I digress. The big question is how Trump’s impassioned supporters will respond to his dung throwing. “Election officials brace for fallout from Trump’s claims of a ‘rigged’ vote,” the Washington Post warns. The Boston Globe cautions that “Warnings of conspiracy stoke anger among Trump faithful.”

Globe reporters definitely found a few real humdingers among the crowd at a Trump rally in Cincinnati. There was Joe, a 39 year old first-time voter who fears Sharia law but apparently dozed through eighth-grade civics. “This is my prediction,” Joe said. “Trump is going to win the popular vote by a landslide, and the Electoral College will elect Hillary, because of all the corruption.”

Then there was Steve, a 61 year-old carpenter planning to heed Trump’s call to monitor suspect precincts. “I’ll look for …well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he said. “I’m going to go right up behind them…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.”

Also Dan, a 50 year-old contractor who anticipates the worst:

“If [Hillary Clinton’s] in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot….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.”

As I say, this is your basic pro-wrestling crowd. They’re mostly there for the spectacle–blowing off steam.

So my predictions are as follows: Joe won’t vote this time either. Why bother if it’s fixed?

Steve’s enthusiasm for racial profiling will fade after election officials inform him that harassing voters is a federal crime.

As for Dan, I’m guessing that the 50 year-old revolutionary’s zeal for a “Second Amendment solution” will vanish after the Secret Service knocks on his door. He’d probably been drinking.

Multiply those three by millions. Look, we’ve been hearing semi-hysterical rhetoric from Cow State white folks for many years. If it’s not the Tea Party, it’s the End Times delusions of the Left Behind novels. Only last year, a substantial proportion of Texans persuaded themselves that U.S. Army maneuvers code named “Jade Helm” constituted the opening wedge of an Obama-sponsored invasion.

Empty Walmart stores would serve as barracks for foreign soldiers; hundreds of miles of secret tunnels were being dug to help ISIS fighters infiltrate. Christian patriots would be imprisoned in FEMA re-education camps. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot promised vigilance. Sen. Ted Cruz made sympathetic noises.

And then? Nothing happened.

So this year’s mass hallucination is Donald J. Trump. Well, it says here that none of these dread outcomes are likely to happen. In Arkansas, where I live, Trump will probably win by twenty points. Obama Derangement Syndrome has turned the state deep red. So what happens after Hillary Clinton’s declared the winner come November 9?

Well, the Arkansas-LSU game in Fayetteville three days later. Don’t bother us, we’re busy.

Sometimes I think the only thing in American life as predictable as Cow State paranoia is Blue State intellectuals taking it far too seriously.

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Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows. Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

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26 Comments

  1. dbtheonly October 19, 2016

    I hope and pray you’re right.

    But Cliven Bundy took action.
    His sons took action.
    Black Churches have been attacked.
    There’s a RWMO pushing every half-baked conspiracy imaginable.
    To people with guns.

    How many people have to die?
    How many “isolated incidents” have to occur?

    Before we admit that the alt-right is preaching rebellion?

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  2. Paul Bass October 19, 2016

    Everybody chill!

    These folks are too lazy to get off their couches. They would never be out “rioting” in the streets, that takes too much effort!

    Reply
    1. theresa perry October 20, 2016

      Don’t forget what happened to Rwanda in the 1990s. It was a whole LOTTA media influence that led to the genocide of the Tutsi by their Hutu neighbors. Words have POWER and CONSEQUENCES.

  3. A. D. Reed October 19, 2016

    All week I’ve been hoping and “praying” (as an atheist I can only plead with the universe) that Hillary will use one specific word in tonight’s debate, and do it in such an offhand way that Dumpfo won’t be able to resist the bait. “Loser.”

    Maybe in the context of international affairs: “When we engage with other nations, a key precept is to find ways that bring us closer to a shared goal. Accomplishing progress is often a step-by-step process, and unfortunately my opponent believes in overreacting to the slightest provocation. But that kind of bluster and uncontrollable anger — what we see with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin and, frankly, Donald Trump — is really the sign of a loser in international diplomacy.”

    Or in women’s rights: “When men and women are treated equally under the law, including in reproductive rights law, and equal pay, and job opportunity, the entire nation benefits, because we tap into our whole talent pool. When one group — whether it’s whites against minorities, or men against women, tries to prevent that equality, what it shows is the mentality of those who believe that, if they really have to compete on a level playing field, they’ll end up a loser. And that fear of being a loser, especially against the “other,” is what tends to motivate them, rather than any inherent competence.”

    Something along those lines, yanno?

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    1. Mama Bear October 19, 2016

      thanks for that!

      1. A. D. Reed October 19, 2016

        🙂 Let’s send the message through the universe; maybe it’ll reach her. (Or maybe the NSA’s hack of my computer will get the message to her)

    2. the actual Bajmahal October 19, 2016

      One of Hillary’s guests in the audience tonight is going to be Mark Cuban. Perhaps Cuban could mouth the words, “Loser” and “Sad” and “thousand-aire” every time Donald glances in his direction.

      1. A. D. Reed October 19, 2016

        Love it!

    3. Dominick Vila October 20, 2016

      When it comes to demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the issues that were discussed during the third debate, the should be no doubt left as to who is most qualified to assume the responsibilities of the presidency on day one. Unfortunately, that is not what drives most Trump supporters. What appeals to them is his promise to deport 11 million “Mexicans” (a significant number of those living and working illegally in the USA are not from Mexico), abortion, same-sex marriage, and The Donald’s promise that he, and only he, can Make America Great Again.

  4. BobMc October 19, 2016

    We’ve been thru this before, with the Montana Freemen (mostly check-bouncers) and the Michigan Militia (mostly wannabes). But when a public voice whips up hate and rage amongst tens of thousands, it can push a few of the less-indolent over the brink & into action. The 1990s militia movement didn’t fade away until two of its followers bombed a Federal building in OKC. Echos just this week:
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/14/us/mosque-attack-thwarted-kansas/

    All it takes is a rare burst of energy, guns, and some ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

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  5. planetc October 19, 2016

    Thank you for another thoughtful and amusing opinion–opinions work so much better when the opinionator actually knows something. I have been thinking that after the election, if Mr. Trump forms his own network, it will be much easier to locate him and monitor his futile activities. Also, any women tempted to apply for work with his organization have been warned. If they ignore his campaign remarks about women, I am recommending a course in unarmed combat, just in case their mothers were right.

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  6. FireBaron October 19, 2016

    “Sometimes I think the only thing in American life as predictable as Cow State paranoia is Blue State intellectuals taking it far too seriously.”
    Yes we do, only we prefer to think of ourselves as “Blue State pseudo-intellectuals”.

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  7. Jon October 19, 2016

    While Trump’s whining and lies about a rigged election fires up his rabid uneducated no information worshippers. Their Glorious Leader is getting beaten badly by a girl. Neither he nor they can accept this. The only possible reason Glorious Leader could lose is because Crooked Hillary stole the election from them.
    Some of them have advocated violent overthrow of the government and assassination of Hillary Clinton. While many suggest that they are just blowing off steam or are too lazy to carry out their threats, I would hope that States and the federal government have contingency plans in place to quash them.
    There may not be a large scale uprising but Trump supporters have demonstrated their willingness at Trump rallies to use violence against anyone who disagreed with them. The arrest days ago by 3 planning to blow up a bomb in a Somali neighborhood in Kansas on November 9th shows that at least some of them are willing to engage in violence. It is naive to believe that none of them will engage in violence when their Glorious Leader turns out to be a loser.

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    1. Dan S October 19, 2016

      Losing to a girl ? Oh how humiliating. Trump might as well have a big L tattooed on his forehead ????

    2. Dominick Vila October 20, 2016

      Don’t be surprised if their anger becomes evident during the voting process, and it involves intimidating minorities when they go to their respective voting places.

      1. Jon October 20, 2016

        I fully agree.

      2. DEFENDER88 October 22, 2016

        Hmm – Maybe they will learn how to Fire Bomb election offices like Hillary supporters did to Trumps office?

  8. Mama Bear October 19, 2016

    bottom line…never underestimate what crazies in a group of other crazies are capable of doing. Think cave men with lighted torches.

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  9. Dan S October 19, 2016

    I understand Chicken Little is now speaking for & advising The Donald ????

    Reply
  10. Tellthetruth October 19, 2016

    I do not understand why no one has brought up that Donald Trump’s clothing line is manufactured overseas, but he is always talking about the lost of American jobs to overseas companies. What a hypocrite! I know many Americans would gladly take a job sewing shirts and making cufflinks

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    1. dpaano October 19, 2016

      I’ve mentioned it a couple of times…..he keeps saying that he’s going to bring jobs back to the U.S., but I never hear him mention WHEN he’s going to bring back his OWN jobs to the U.S.A.!!! Good question that needs to be asked and answered!

    2. BG Davis October 21, 2016

      Hillary brought up more than that: she pointed out that the Trump casino in NV was built with Chinese steel – dumped at below fair value. And she mentioned his other offshore products as well. It’s just another part of the Trump hypocrisy. If Trumpistas really were so worried about economics and Hillary and Wall St., they could have voted for Sanders and none of this would be happening.

    3. Box November 2, 2016

      Where have you been? They talk about it all the time. But did you think before you wrote?
      Where in USA do you suppose he would have clothes made? Even american companies claiming to do the work in fact do their work overseas. So he was right, the jobs were lost!

  11. BG Davis October 21, 2016

    Many people would be quite happy with the following:
    1. Hillary is elected and sworn in.
    2. Domestic terrorists (disgruntled Trumpistas) attempt armed uprisings and armed civil disturbance.
    3. Hillary removes the gloves and goes into full suppression of armed insurrection mode, using lethal force whenever possible.
    4. Surviving domestic terrorists are sent to Guantanamo (or other suitable locale) for life.

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    1. Box November 2, 2016

      You are straight off the cliff with such an ugly comment. Where do you get off talking like that?

      1. kep November 4, 2016

        He also liberal. This is what they do

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