Rod Thomson

I asked this question on social media, where I interact with people across the political spectrum: What happens on Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the election?

It’s a legitimate worry. Based on what happened after November 2016, the day after this next election will tell us where our democracy stands. Because we’re setting the stage where whichever side loses they may feel justified in claiming it was rigged or illegal, and the 2020 winner is illegitimate. 

This is hardly unfounded considering both what we know and what we are seeing coming. First, on the Left.

Given that the Left and most Democrats have lived at Defcon One since the day after the 2016 election; given that they have called Trump a white supremacist, a racist, a Russian agent, an existential threat to the Republic, and have run from the beginning with the hashtag NotMyPresident; given that Antifa is allowed to grow and even control at times a major U.S. city and other violence has been common; given that Russia will interfere again (which can be assumed because they have for generations); then what can we expect on the day after the election if Trump is victorious?

Will the Left’s fury just be spent and they will attempt an inward evaluation of the Democratic Party as the GOP did in 2012? That doesn’t seem to be the tenor of the revolutionaries and those playing to them.

It seems more likely that there could well be a far worse response from the Left than there has been since 2016. Maybe not just mass demonstrations, but actual riots. After all, four more years of an existential threat, a foreign agent in the White House? Many would feel fully justified in taking extreme actions.

How about on the right?

If over the next 16 months the media continues to act in a blatantly partisan way; if social media increasingly bans, de-platforms and generally cuts off access to Republicans (under the guise of hate speech) while tilting the field to Democrats; if tech companies take conservative websites offline (not just the extremist fringe sites); if Democrats in Congress, no less, continue to dox and put a physical target on the back of Trump and GOP donors; if mainstream media outlets block effective Republican advertisements (essentially, the left greatly reducing Trump and Republicans’ ability to communicate with voters); and then Trump loses, how will the right respond? 

There may be a sense of justification for extreme action. It seems less likely, because generally, other than the rather subdued Tea Party movement, conservatives rarely take to the streets and never refuse to accept election results. (Remember, Democrats already have twice this century.)

But we are in somewhat uncharted water. There would arise a fringe element on the right that could react in extra-legal ways. The frustration level would be sky-high if most of the above conditions are in place.

If neither side will accept 2020, then we actually do have an existential threat. 

This situation is even more dangerous than a socialist winning the presidency, as horrible as that would  be. We have seen over and over how the Framers’ genius has spared us from terrible leadership. However, if the American public does not accept election results, that genius is for naught. 

Democrats were right in saying ahead of 2016 — when they were sure Hillary would win — that Republicans and Trump need to accept the results (which was always going to happen) but then unfortunately those Democrats chose not to accept them when Hillary lost. Remember, Hillary still travels around saying she won, just as Democrat Stacey Abrams does after losing the Georgia governor’s race by a handy amount.)

On my social media, everyone on the right said they would accept the results, but almost none of them thought that Democrats would. Most on the left, but given that my connections are not the radical side of the Democratic Party, said they would essentially cry all night and move on. They were not so sure what the right and Trump supporters would do.

My guess, and it is only that, is that if Sen. Kamala Harris or Sen. Elizabeth Warren win the election, the right will essentially accept it, even with all those elements stacked against us. But it’s only a guess.

On the other side, I can barely imagine what the left and Democrats will do if Trump is re-elected, because I could never have imagined the hysteria and violence that has followed his initial election.

What happens Nov. 4, 2020 will tell us where our democracy stands.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. 


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12 thoughts on “What Happens On November 4, 2020?

  • August 14, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    I believe the 2020 elections will be like 2016 on steroids.
    2016 manifested the total disconnect between the entrenched and career politicians , bureaucrats and their cheering squad, the mainstream media. Neither have been able to accept the will of the 2016 voter. Au- contraire their hate and disdain for both Trump and his supporters have become cacophonous, vituperative non’stop and frankly, unhinged
    The candidates that the opposition is fielding are easier to imagine in a clown show. “vote for me an I’ll give you (fill in the blanks) free.”I will also get rid of all the essential energy sources that drive civilization.I will also eliminate our borders.
    If I am correct, the country will no longer have a credible
    public media as we know it today.
    The Democrat party will no longer be viable either.
    The entrenched elites have failed to listen and worse, remember who butters their bread.
    The people.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    Hopefully, the person who challenged and defeated President Trump during the primary season, will win against the Democrat candidate.

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    • August 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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      Only a bunch Globalist GOPer scumbags would run against Trump. They are no different than all the Globalist Communist muslim democrats running now.

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      • August 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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        Agree. Trump is fighting a war single-handed and has done an amazing job considering what he is facing after 8 years of Clinton, 8 years of GWB and 8 years of Obama the destroyer. Trump is the best president since Reagan, and he is probably better than Reagan at this point.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    The election is important, but an even bigger issue and one that sits at the core of the presidential election is whether the deep state will be exposed with an active, wide scope prosection of many in the months before November 4, 2020. It should be clear to any person paying attention that the democrat party has shifted so far left as to be socialist/communist and the puppeteers that pull the strings are well entrenched and global is scope. The average US citizen has lost the United States of America.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    Since I truly believe the DNC and all it’s parts, such as the main stream media constitute a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization under the RICO statutes I can’t know what will happen after the ext election.
    I do know they are waging “lawfare” against all traditional organizations and structures. Such as threatening to pack the Supreme Court and abolishing the 2nd Amendment.
    It will only get worse.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    If President Trump wants to be elected again… He must drop the Red Flag Law and Semi Auto ban. If not, he will be put into the dust bin of history. The Democrats will take over and America will be trashed.

    Americans have not been buying weapons and ammo since Obama to just give them up…..

    Hint to the wise…..

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    • August 15, 2019 at 9:02 am
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      Both issues you cite are concerns of mine and many others but the last time I checked, the executive branch of the government (i.e. Trump) does not make the laws. Congress makes laws, so your action needs to be directed to the Democrat House of Representatives. Red Flag Laws are all STATE laws at this point so the Feds (and Trump) can’t control any of it. Since Red Flag Laws strip an individual of due process, it is likely the laws will be challenged and end up in the Supreme Court where I believe they will be ruled unconstitutional. Again, Trump has nothing to do with that. As regards semi-automatic assault weapons, the ban has started in the House (by Dems). There seems to be growing support for banned AR15 type weapons even with Republicans in the Senate. The “so-called conservatives” are all running scared from these last two shootings – instigated by radical leftwing white supremacists !!!! I believe they were set-ups to trigger public opinion. It seems to be working. Again, Trump has nothing to do with that and can’t stop it. What do you want him to do??
      Perhaps you should realize the JOB IS YOURS. Write to your Congressional representatives. Find ways to support the cause. The Dems are radicalized and are pulling out all stops to stop Trump. Don’t let them.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    America is a Republic not a democracy. We may have mob rule like a democracy now, but that’s because people are uneducated as to our proper government function, and type.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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    President Trump needs to toughen up and imprison all deep state scum who have been involved in the coup to overthrow his presidency. This includes all those responsible for sanctuary states and cities. We are either a nation of laws or a banana republic. The laws are on the books, use them or lose them.

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    • August 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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      John, You make your command sound so simple, and it is the hope of all true Americans. Now, tell me, how the President in the executive branch supposed to also to the job of the judicial branch behind their backs? I think we have a role called the Attorney General who will make appropriate arrests and referrals for trial and possible conviction. That is called the rule of law. The President HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS.

      If you are frustrated like millions of others who are tired of the waiting game, perhaps you should fid out why those responsible haven’t done their jobs. Blaming the President is lazy.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    I live very rural, and for at least the week before and the week after the 2020 election I will be staying on the property and watching the circus. If the animals start eating each other and their keepers, I’ll extend the stay, and try to enjoy the show.

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