Almost simultaneous to Joe Biden’s post-election speech in which he declared it is time for the nation to come together, his followers were exhibiting the sort of vile revenge mentality typically expected in Third World nations where political opponents are “disappeared.”
As reported by The Hill, Biden said, “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.”
But then comes Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin with a tweet stating, “Any R now promoting rejection of an election or calling to not to follow the will of voters or making baseless allegations of fraud should never serve in office, join a corporate board, find a faculty position or be accepted into ‘polite’ society. We have a list.”
Any R now promoting rejection of an election or calling to not to follow the will of voters or making baseless allegations of fraud should never serve in office, join a corporate board, find a faculty position or be accepted into "polite" society. We have a list.
— Jennifer 'the people decide' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) November 6, 2020
The menacing tone of comments continued with a tweet from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who messaged, “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.” She is taking quite a bit of heat for that.
Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
The Washington Times is reporting on AOC’s payback intentions, and also mentions a tweet from Hari Sevugan, “former spokesman for the Barack Obama campaign” who is trying to have Trump loyalists blackballed in Washington, D.C,
“Employers considering them should know there are consequences for hiring anyone who helped Trump attack American values,” he reportedly tweeted.
Writing at the Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough observed, “Twitter commenters challenged Mr. Sevugan, comparing him to such communist dictators as Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao, who engaged in rigged show trials for political ends and routinely purged perceived enemies in murderous rampages such as China’s Cultural Revolution and the Soviet Union’s Great Terror.”
While all of this is going on, a startling announcement Monday morning by Pfizer about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine amounted to yet another campaign prediction from the president that has come true. When he initially started talking about a vaccine being “close” or coming before the end of this year, critics called him a liar. Now, it appears, he was correct.
Did anyone give him credit for this?
On social media, several people are noting the same people now calling for unity are the ones who preached resistance the moment Trump was named the winner in 2016. They believed the Russia story, which now appears to have been a hoax. They supported impeachment. They declared from the outset Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak was incompetent. Trump supporters complain he was never given even a moment’s peace over the past four years, so calls for unity seem out of place, even if Biden is serious.
To make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 4, 2020
There will apparently be recounts and legal actions, but whether it results in a change of the election outcome seems to be a fading hope.
Instead, Conservatives—especially gun owners—are bracing for a rough ride for at least the next two years. In 2022, if history shows any pattern, Democrats will lose the House and if Republicans control the Senate, they will pick up a few more seats to make it even tougher for Biden and Kamala Harris to push the country farther to the left.