There’s a chance this is harmless, that Trump will resign himself to defeat if he loses to Hillary Clinton and bring his supporters with him—during the first presidential debate moderator Lester Holt asked him whether he would “accept the outcome [of the election] as the will of the voters,” and he said unequivocally “the answer is that if she wins I will absolutely support her.” But that was before he lashed out against the media for his poor performance, before the polls began to tilt back in Clinton’s favor.
Now that he’s behind, Trump has returned to questioning the legitimacy of the election.
More critically, the idea that he would respect the results of the election, full stop, ignores the hatred that’s come to characterize Trump’s campaign, the violence he’s condoned against protesters and other vocal opponents, the virulent prejudice he’s brought to mainstream politics, and the apocalypticism of his message, where he stands as the final hope for an embattled minority of resentful whites.
These rhetorical time bombs, in other words, could be the catalyst for actual intimidation and violence, before and after Election Day.
The New Black Panther Party was back at the polls Tuesday in Philadelphia, where its members provoked a complaint of voter intimidation in 2008.
A reporter for Philadelphia Magazine found a “uniformed member of the New Black Panther Party” Tuesday morning at the entrance to a polling place in the 1200 block of Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia.
One youth stated his grandfather was white and several assaulted him on the spot. The youth split into two large groups, one heading north, the other south.Residents were advised to simply keep inside and to lock their doors.In other words buckle down, it’s not even safe to sit on your porch or go into your yards.” state Republican chairman Rob Gleason said in a statement.Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has turned his attention to Pennsylvania in the final days of the race, as polls there have tightened in a state that President Obama’s campaign believed it would win fairly easily. Romney turned out about 30,000 supporters Sunday night at a rally in the Philadelphia suburbs.