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Hundreds of Demonstrations Planned as Trump Moves to Steal Election

The president's false victory claim could be met with more than 500 protests.
“We’re gonna have to do this,” said Alexandria Villaseñor, founder of youth-led advocacy group Earth Uprising. “We need the world to help us.” (Image: Protect the Results)

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams

As the nightmare scenario many have been warning about for months came true early Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s false declaration of victory, advocacy organizations behind the “Protect the Results” coalition reaffirmed that they are prepared to mobilize across the United States as the nation teeters on the edge of a constitutional crisis.

If the coalition decides to officially activate the mass protests in response to Trump’s false victory claim, more than 500 demonstrations are scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon as the vote count continues, with a trio of key battlegrounds—Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—at the center of the nation’s attention. The coalition is expected to meet early Wednesday to decide whether to greenlight the wave of demonstrations.

In a speech from the White House early Wednesday with millions of votes left to count, President Donald Trump did what the coalition of more than 130 advocacy groups, labor unions, and environmental organizations has long feared he would: Falsely declared outright victory, baselessly cried voter fraud in key states that may not ultimately turn out in his favor if all ballots are counted, and threatened to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court to help him stop the vote count.

“We expected Trump and Republicans to try every trick in the book to cling to power,” advocacy group Indivisible, one of the original founders of the “Protect the Results” coalition, tweeted early Wednesday. “That’s why we’re ready to mobilize. Join the movement to stop a constitutional crisis.”

“We’re gonna have to do this,” said Alexandria Villaseñor, founder of youth-led advocacy group Earth Uprising. “We need the world to help us.”

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4 comments

  1. And here we go again… No one is “stealing the election.” We spent years detailing how the “New Democrat Party” was pushing people away. They split apart their own voting base, mainly by class, and then their Russiagate scheme drove even more voters away, making today’s Democrats too dangerous to vote for. Yet, whatever remains of the party loyalists simply cannot conceive of the possibility that we don’t all march in lockstep behind them. This is because every step of the way, they have refused to listen to anything except the echoes of their own voices.

  2. If we’ve witnessed 10 million media articles written over the years comparing the behavior of two contestants to an authoritarian throne, we could witness another 50 million in the years ahead. A they would all repeat the same authoritarian strategy: To camouflage the real alternative with yet another distracting focus upon a miniscule difference between policies of two contestants. Miniscule difference, meaning it won’t matter in the big scheme of things in terms of improving the quality of life of individuals, all of humanity. It won’t matter, thus everything will remain mostly the same, which is absolutely horrific today compared to our peak potential to thrive. What is our peak potential to thrive?

    We ask this question for very good reason. As a mental exercise, why don’t we give it some thought? Why would we ask one another to consider investigating our peak potential to thrive?

    Could there be a good reason for us to consider this question? Could there be a good reason for us to ask one another to participate in such an execise? Hmm.

    Do we discover a possibility of a thread of unconventional wisdom in posing this question? Can we perhaps detect a little bit of RISK in considering the question of where our peak potential to thrive might be, umm perhaps very much distant from our quality of life today?

    A li’l bit o’a risk? Maybe we are programmed to consider it FOOLISH to take time out from, umm, shopping for our next SUV to think about our peak potential. Taking a minute to consider that our peak potential to perform, our peak potential to induce logically, our peak potential to create positive paths, our peak potential to build mental connections, relations, causality? Our peak potential to discover, understand, appreciate, integrate, and cooperate with nature? Our peak potential to support nature’s process of order-building? Our peak potential for mutual aid, for faith in humanity, for focus on the meaning of life, our purpose, the wholeness of our collective worldview, a solid context for the process of understanding what is going on in the world around us?

    And then who’s going to manage our global society? Umm we the people? Are we ready to take over the task? When will we be ready? When will I set my stop watch? When will we break our addiction to the plunder-cookies?

  3. the voter fraud –vote by mail–is dimocrats, not GOP…more CD lies
    mail voting is not permitted in civilized nations except for remote locations

  4. And now the sober pronouncement: We are headed for a constitutional crisis.
    Hence?
    Count the times we’ve heard the meaningless phrase: constitutional crisis.
    About as often as we hear or read the word “existential.” Neither phrase signifies anything, of course.

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