WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coalitions of leftists have come together in advance of the November election to brainstorm, organize, and plan for what they believe will be resistance caused by Trump and his supporters.
Protect the Results is a leftist project that is the brainchild of Indivisible and Stand Up America, both progressive organizations pushing to elect leftist leaders and oppose President Trump. Both organizations are also members of the Soros-funded Democracy Alliance.
America’s 2020 election nightmare: Trump refusing to concede after losing re-election.
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— Stand Up America (@StandUpAmerica) June 12, 2020
Indivisible describes Protect the Results as:
“a coalition building a system to mobilize millions of Americans should Donald Trump contest the election results, refuse to concede after losing, or claim victory before all the votes are counted.”
80 groups are now counted as members of the Protect the Results coalition, including Soros-backed MoveOn, Women’s March, Working Families Party, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, as well as the SEIU, Color of Change PAC, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Protect the Results declares on its website:
“We cannot ignore the threat that Trump poses to our democracy and a peaceful transition.
“We will stand together to ensure that if Trump loses the 2020 presidential election he will not throw our country into a constitutional crisis.”
— Michael Fleming (@tweedlebop) September 13, 2020
The website further declares:
“Trump has repeatedly hinted that he will not leave the White House willingly. He warned that ‘people would demand that I stay longer’ and even mused about being president for 20 years.
“In 2020, we will not allow Trump to follow through on those threats.”
The website adds:
“We will organize to ensure that the loser concedes, and that Congress, the Electoral College, and state officials honor the accurate, final vote count.”
Linked on the site under “Resources” are 25 articles and opinion pieces referencing potential for Trump not stepping down in the event he loses the election.
Protect the Results also calls for site visitors to sign up to “[p]ledge to take action if Trump refuses to accept the results.”
Coalition representatives shared their certainty regarding Trump misbehavior at election time in a sympathetic writeup posted on Indivisible.
K. Sabeel Rahman, President of Demos Action, stated:
“[I]nstead of pledging to protect the sanctity of our electoral process in the midst of a pandemic, President Trump is ratcheting up signals that he may not willingly cede power and is increasingly threatening to suppress and intimidate voters, especially in Black and Brown communities.
“This can’t go unchecked.”
Nelini Stamp, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Working Families Party said:
“The Working Families Party is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with allies to protect our right to vote.
“If Trump wants to ignore the will of the people and fight over election results, it’s a fight he’ll get.”
Arisha Michelle Hatch, Executive Director of Color Of Change PAC, added:
“Our resistance is key in protecting the outcome of this election. That is why Color Of Change PAC is proud to join forces with Protect the Results, to defend the future of this nation.
“We will mobilize to safeguard Black people from the chaos and pain that will inevitably ensue should Trump choose to disregard reality in November.”
According to Breitbart, Sean Eldridge, president of Stand Up America and co-founder of Protect the Results, declared:
“Trump is already laying the groundwork by declaring the result rigged, so we are sounding the alarm now.”
Eldridge went on to say:
“We would mobilize, take to the streets, put pressure on state and local election officials [to make clear that] the U.S. people are not going to let Donald Trump steal this election.”
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Protect the Results is not the only organized coalition of progressives preparing to act at the time of the November election.
According to the Daily Beast, a coalition of over 50 progressive organizations reportedly put their heads together in a recent Zoom meeting with a “modestly panicked undertone” regarding “the post-Election Day political apocalypse scenario.”
The meeting was organized by Fight Back Table, an organization that pulls together leftist organizations, and the group named their effort the “Democracy Defense Nerve Center.”
The Daily Beast reports that the group reviewed:
“what it would take to stand up a multi-state communications arm to fight disinformation, a training program for nonviolent civil disobedience, and the underpinnings of what one official described as ‘mass public unrest.’”
Included in those discussions were conversations on:
“how you ‘occupy sh**, hold space, and shut things down, not just on Election Day but for weeks.’”
Participants also reviewed a report from the Transition Integrity Project that assessed various potential election scenarios and their outcomes.
The 2020 Campaign: Democrats Know How This Election is Going to Turn Out. One Way or Another – Opinion: What’s the worst that could happen? (Washington Post) https://t.co/MHBMtdTxqw
— Rick Rigazio (@CAPTRick74) September 7, 2020
Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University law professor and co-founder of the Transition Integrity Project, summarized what she termed the “war games” used to make the report in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
She declared that among all the election scenarios considered:
“A landslide for Joe Biden resulted in a relatively orderly transfer of power.
“Every other scenario we looked at involved street-level violence and political crisis.”
According to the Daily Beast, the report characterized the Trump campaign as “consistently more ruthless than Team Biden.”
The authors also stated that Trump could:
“‘rely on surrogates to embed operatives inside protests to encourage violent action’ as well as ‘mobilize a range of law enforcement actors… who might, without proper training or if led by politicized actors, escalate matters.’”
National figures have added their voices to leftist concerns that Trump and his supporters would cause trouble at election time.
Hillary Clinton has stated recently, according to Breitbart,
“We have to have our own teams of people to counter the force of intimidation that the Republicans and Trump are going to put outside polling places.”
Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, has asserted that the presence of (Trump-ordered) federal law enforcement officers in cities with protests:
“could lead to sufficient civil unrest [such] that it is, in fact, difficult to conduct an election in those cities.”
Potter also said that:
“Trump could declare a form of martial law in Democratic-controlled cities or pressure GOP governors to issue stay-at-home orders in their bigger, more liberal cities.”
George Soros, Breitbart reports, has said that Trump “will do anything to remain in power.”
Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen publicly stated before heading to prison:
“Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”
Former vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore has stated that he believes Trump will refuse to concede if he loses the election. Gore added that Trump has a “despicable strategy” in which he:
“seems to have no compunctions at all about trying to rip apart the social fabric and the political equilibrium of the American people, and he’s strategically planting doubts in advance.”
Presently the prime example of perpetrating violence in the streets, the left finds itself projecting poor behavior on the right.
Time will tell how their plans to “mobilize” and “fight” in response to the election will take shape in early November.
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