Comedian Bill Maher was the first public figure familiar to me who several months ago raised the possibility, which he thought was a probability, that if Donald Trump won the 2020 election he would claim that it was rigged and thus not legitimate and he would refuse to leave the White House. Last night on his TV show in a conversation with activist Michael Moore, Maher made a new important observation. The White House is in Washington D.C. The police in D.C. are mostly African-American, a population overwhelmingly opposed to Trump. Also, Trump has trashed the FBI, which is headquartered in D.C..
Presumably those would be the people required to enforce his leaving the White House. The point being that they would not be at all reluctant to remove him.
Michael Moore added that he and presumably Bill Maher himself and Americans by the millions would converge on Washington to remove Trump from the People’s house should he try to remain in it. Moore, a boy born in Flint Michigan and raised by a dad who was an automotive assembly-line worker, made another point. He said that all those gun-toting guys you see on TV, “I went to school with them,” and that what they want to do is “make war with Bambi.” I think he meant by that that the guns are for show. Their actions are the result of insecurity. They are a way to plump up there feeling of masculinity, and if push comes to shove, in the face of overwhelming crowd size opposing them, they would not fight. He said, “Don’t be afraid of them.”
I don’t know if Maher’s worries are on the money. I hope that for the sake of the Nation, and the people of Earth for that matter, that Trump does lose the election and he willingly leaves so that massive disruption, and maybe some serious injuries are avoided.
I’ve been told that there is an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Boy, we are there!
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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