If you think 2020 has been a tumultuous year so far, just wait until November.
A massive effort is underway to delegitimize the result of the presidential election. It’s not the Russians or the Chinese doing it, but U.S. politicians, and even the candidates themselves.
It would once have seemed edgy or over-the-top for the Nation magazine to ask on its cover whether President Trump is planning a military coup d’etat if he loses. Now, this is just par for the course. Old hat, in fact. Democratic officeholders are campaigning to make people think that the vote will not be fair, that the count will be corrupted, and that the other side will not accept defeat. This is a recipe for disaster, even civil unrest.
The highest-ranking Democrat in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been peddling a conspiracy theory about Trump attempting to sabotage mail voting by hobbling the Postal Service. Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ 2016