Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87, and many Leftists are avidly calling for violence to prevent President Trump from naming, and the Senate from confirming, her successor. The Left’s political and cultural hegemony are more threatened now than they’ve ever been before, and some Leftists are saying openly that they’re ready to burn the country down to regain and secure their power. They’re ready to burn the country down to preserve their political hegemony, but no one seems to have thought through this civil war business. If they do burn the country down, what will they have hegemony over?
The rage has even spilled across the border. Emmett Macfarlane, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, tweeted: “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS.” Here at home, Laura Bassett, a self-described “politics writer” for GQ, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, and the Huffington Post, issued her own threat: “If Mitch McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots.”
There were many others. Beau Willimon, the President of the Writers Guild of America, thundered: “We’re shutting this country down if Trump and McConnell try to ram through an appointment before the election.” Reza Aslan, the well-known cannibal and disgraced CNN host, chimed in: “If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire f**king thing down.” Leftist activist Eliel Cruz warned: “If the democrats don’t fight, the people are going to have to march on Washington and just shut it down ourselves.”
Aaron Gouveia, author of a paean to the beta male entitled Raising Boys to Be Good Men: A Parent’s Guide to Bringing up Happy Sons in a World Filled with Toxic Masculinity, showed what he thinks being a good man involves when he tweeted “F**k no. Burn it all down” in response to Mitch McConnell’s statement about the permissibility of selecting a successor to Ginsburg in an election year.
There was much more of this, and in the midst of it all, a package containing ricin and addressed to President Trump was seized by law enforcement officials while on its way to the White House on Saturday.
All this is happening against the backdrop of the Left’s increasingly open espousal of violence. Obama operative Rosa Brooks wrote in the Washington Post several weeks ago that “the election will likely spark violence — and a constitutional crisis,” “In every scenario except a Biden landslide, our simulation ended catastrophically.”
Not to be outdone, Shadi Hamid wrote in The Atlantic: “Strictly law-and-order Republicans who have responded in dismay to scenes of rioting and looting have an interest in Biden winning – even if they could never bring themselves to vote for him.” What on earth could that interest be? “A loss by Joe Biden under these circumstances is the worst case not because Trump will destroy America (he can’t), but because it is the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months.”
In other words, vote for Biden, or there will be more riots.
The Left is holding a gun to the head of America. If Trump appoints a Supreme Court Justice, there will be riots. If Trump wins a second term, there will be even more riots.This makes it obvious that the American Left has completely abandoned the American political process that has made for stable government for over two hundred years, and adopted the modus operandi of its allies the Palestinian Arabs and other jihadists: threaten and kill until the other side is so thoroughly frightened and intimidated that it gives you what you want.
And so that is an indication of what kind of society those who are threatening violence over a prospective Supreme Court nominee would build if given the chance: an authoritarian state based on violence and perpetuating its rule through more violence. If this sinister movement isn’t beaten back before it can destroy the American Republic, Americans will be in for years and possibly decades of bloodshed and strife. As Leonard Cohen said, “You won’t like what comes after America.” If they succeed, the savage Leftists who destroyed the freest and most egalitarian society the world has ever known will find that they don’t like it, either.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.