Here is a chronology of the obsessive harassment and calls to violence that brought America to the dark and threatening present. Words and images that forged the maelstrom we see today.
Barrack Obama’s first run for the Illinois state Senate was launched at a famous fundraiser at a 1995 gathering at the home of Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, both indicted for inciting riots and planting bombs in government buildings.
Ayers, who called himself “a Communist with a small c,” said, “I don’t regret planting bombs. I don’t think we did enough.”
April 2003. Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright. “Not God bless America. God damn America!”
June 2009. Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright. “Them Jews ain’t going to let him (Obama) talk to me.”
August 29, 2015. Black Lives Matter, rioting in Minnesota under the Obama-Biden Administration, referred to police with the street chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon."
This was followed on December 14, 2015, with "What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now."
Mickey Rourke, referring to President Trump. “I would love 30 seconds in a room with that little bitch.”
October 2016. Joe Biden. “I could take him behind the gym. That's what I wish."
Robert de Nero. October 6, 2016. “I’d like to punch Trump in the face.”
Madonna. January 23, 2017. “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
March 2017. Rapper Snoop Dogg, in a music video, points a gun at a harlequin President Trump, and fires it.
May-June 2017. NYC Public Theater production of “Julius Caesar” has the President assassinated in a bloody scene.
June 22, 2017. Johnny Depp. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
March 22, 2018, in front of students at the University of Miami, to rapturous applause, Joe Biden said of the President, “They asked if I would like to debate this gentleman. I said no, if I were in high school with him I would take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
This is how a potential future president indoctrinated impressionable young minds."If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."
The same day Waters appeared on MSNBC and said, "The people are going to turn on them. They're going to protest. They're going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they're going to tell the President, 'No, I can't hang with you.'"
July, 2018. Former head of the CIA, John Brennan, one of the plotters against Donald Trump, called the President a “traitor.”
March 9, 2020. Joe Biden threatened to slap a man as he visited a Michigan factory. He also said he was “full of s—t.”
July 19, 2020. Nancy Pelosi calls federal police arresting rioting ANTIFA gang members in Chicago, “stormtroopers.”
6 September 2020. The San Francisco mayor calls the President “a terrorist.”
Looking back, it was inevitable that the mob would follow where their malevolent role models were taking them.
As for the election, they say they will never accept anything except complete victory. Their last Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, admitted as much in her “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances” statement of 24 August.
She claimed, during the Democrat National Convention, that Trump would try to “sneak or steal” the election, projecting her own party’s feverish attempts to distribute eighty million ballots to unnamed voters, trash the traditional election system, and call into doubt any result unfavorable to them.
As one Trump campaign lawyer put it, Clinton was "unashamedly trying to lay the groundwork for Joe Biden to deny the election results when President Trump wins."
He added, “Democrats believe they can sue their way to victory, and there’s no telling what other shenanigans Democrats will pull once polling locations are open."
The Democrats have said they will never accept the will of the people. They never afforded President Trump a peaceful transfer of power in 2016.
What happens if Trump wins legitimately and they continue to say, “This man is not my president.”?
What happens when they no longer recognize the federal government? Will they mount an illegal insurgency? Another coup d’état? This time with even more violence?
Everything we have seen germinated from these landmark events. Everything we may witness germinates from these sparks that have engulfed the United States.
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate at the Israel institute for Strategic Studies.