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.

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