There’s a terrifying article over on Splinter this week. In This Is Just the Beginning, Hamilton Nolan argues that popular resistance to the Trump administration, its billionaire supporters, and it GOP enablers is just getting started. Very soon, he says, they are going to be facing real violence. Maybe it won’t be a revolution, but it will be revolutionary in action.
And it is going to get pretty awful, he thinks. “These people, who are pushing America merrily down the road to fascism and white nationalism, are delusional if they do not think that the backlash is going to get much worse. Wait until the recession comes. Wait until Trump starts a war. Wait until the racism this administration is stoking begins to explode into violence more frequently. Read a fucking history book. Read a recent history book. The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. This is what happens when citizens decide en masse that their political system is corrupt, racist, and unresponsive. The people out of power have only just begun to flex their dissatisfaction. The day will come… when Trump administration officials will look back fondly on the time when all they had to worry about was getting hollered at at a Mexican restaurant. When you aggressively fuck with people’s lives, you should not be surprised when they decide to fuck with yours.
It will be hard to feel sorry for the Trumpsters, the Dark Money Lords, the Ku Koch Klan and all the rest. But, still, innocent people can get caught in the crossfire. Let’s hope that whatever happens is quick, clean, and bloodless.
If such a thing is possible.