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The public was warned that Trump supporters might stage an armed coup. Instead it is the militants on the left that have taken up arms against the public and its government officers.
This past fall, media was warning us that supporters of Trump would be likely to take up arms against the government if Trump were to be impeached. The idea was that his supporters would not follow the rule of law but would take it into their own hands.
In October 2019, The Daily Beast wrote "If Trump’s Rage Brings ‘Civil War,’ Where Will the Military Stand?" In response to a Trump tweet about the potential for a civil war if the impeachment removed him from office, Patricia Ravalgi wrote:
"The moment may come when soldiers have to choose between the Constitution and Donald Trump. No doubt most will embrace the Constitution. But some will see that as a tough call."
What has happened instead is that we are being asked to choose between the Constitution and leftist extremist activists who are causing chaos in city centres. The city of Portland, Ore. has seen over 50 days of riots, with multiple incidents of arson, and a Democrat city government that denies the law enforcement's ability to contain the mayhem.
Another article, called "This is how the US military would put down an armed rebellion," asked "What if the '2nd amendment people' Donald Trump mentioned recently during a campaign rally were actually able to spark an armed rebellion to overthrow the United States?"
Instead, Second Amendment people like the McCloskeys in St. Louis, have had their legal weapons confiscated by law enforcement as punishment for having protected their property from would-be home invaders.
In February 2019, TruthDig authors Rebecca Gordon and Tom Dispatch wrote at length about the National Guard. In a story called "The Well-Regulated Militia in Trump's Dangerous Hands," they wrote of a National Guard soldier they'd interviewed "I just hope that I never have to face her, or someone like her, across a barricade."
The real barricades aren't in the imaginations of Gordon and Dispatch, but were those erected by leftist activists who occupied the city of Seattle, kept out emergency personnel, and allowed shootings and murder.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence suggested in August 2019 that "We must stop Trump’s hateful, unregulated citizen militia," but they had no warning about the Antifa militants that are currently terrorizing Chicago.
As recently as April 2020, media outlets like NBC claimed that when Trump tweeted in favour of anti-lockdown protestors in Michigan, he was calling out to "those who have agitated for violent insurrection," saying that this group "heard a call to arms."
Groups of anti-lockdown protestors staged armed demonstrations at their city halls and government buildings, demanding that their elected officials take their concerns into consideration. But then they went home.
NBC said "Anti-government sentiment has percolated among far-right extremists in recent weeks over the stay-at-home orders governors have issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Trump's tweets, however, pushed many online extremist communities to speculate whether the president was advocating for armed conflict..."
Instead, it is the far-left agitators, "anti-racism" demonstrators, defund police protestors, and Antifa militants who have taken up arms in our cities, set fires, terrorized citizens, and refused to go home—even when their demands are met—that are the armed militants we should have been warned against.