…That is what is beginning to happen now: the soft coup is transforming into a hard one, or at least the head of state appears to be licensing that possibility amongst his fanatical followers, who are heavily armed, ignorant, and hateful.
This is actually where hope exists that the soft coup doesn't have the bones to stand up and become a hard coup. Even though the cultural conditions (https://dr-cbg.medium.com/authoritarianism-in-rural-american-cultures-1bcbb0906b1)made it possible to hijack a democracy without the use of force, the 45th may not be able to keep that power using force if a militia infrastructure doesn't exist in either law enforcement or the military.
(This morning’s Guardian, however, made that hope sputter: “German’s work for the Brennan Center, drawing on FBI policy documents, has pointed out that white supremacist and anti-government groups often have “active links” with law enforcement officials. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/19/white-supremacist-domestic-terror-threat-looms-large-in-us)
Cells of white nationalists exist in both, but no one has found that those cells are organized enough to launch a successful coup. Most likely, there will be pockets of violence, but not a full armed coup.
Good news is that Biden is taking it seriously and being vocal to keep those channels open to him and to his team and public: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-biden-military/biden-says-military-would-help-oust-trump-if-he-loses-election-but-refuses-to-leave-idUSKBN23I2JC
Even though that might stop my gut aching for a little while, the cultural conditions that support this are growing, and no one is addressing them.
Thanks for your post, Umair.