In the days leading up to Election Day, numerous voices on the left expressed deep hand-wringing concern that a loss by Donald Trump would trigger violence on the part of his supporters, who would regard the result as illegitimate. The Huffington Post, for example, croaked:
The most commonly cited danger of Trump refusing to accept [a losing] election outcome is that it could lead to violence. The idea isn’t so far-fetched.
But this was sheer projection on the part of the Left.
As things turn out, Donald Trump won the election and there has been violence in the aftermath: Anti-Trump left-wingers are setting fire to their own neighborhoods out of sheer frustration. As the UK’s Daily Mail reports:
Donald Trump’s presidential victory set off protests early Wednesday on both coasts.
From Pennsylvania to California, Oregon and Washington hundreds of people hit the streets to voice their opposition to Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Police said at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around UCLA, some shouting anti-Trump expletives and others chanting “Not my president!”
… In Oakland, more than 100 protesters took to downtown streets. KNTV-TV reported that protesters burned Trump in effigy, smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom and set tires and trash on fire.
… In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland and forced a delay for trains on two light rail lines. Media reports say the crowd grew to about 300 people, including some who sat in the middle of the road to block traffic. The crowd of anti-Trump protesters burned American flags and chanted “That’s not my president.”
In Seattle, a group of about 100 protesters gathered in the Capital Hill neighborhood, blocked roads and set a trash bin on fire.
Think about it rationally for a moment. Who supports Donald Trump? Traditional, working-class family values voters who oppose lawlessness on the southern border and want nothing more than the chance to put in an honest day’s work in exchange for a honest wage. Is Joe the Plumber really going to set fire to his kids’ neighborhood?
By contrast, who supports Hillary Clinton? Among others: students, Bohemians, activists, “community organizers,” rabble-rousers, layabouts, Dangerous Minorities, and assorted other misfits who’d gladly set fire to all sorts of things. And so they did.
Solemn warnings of danger should Donald Trump lose, sounded by the Lyin’ Left, were nothing more than disguised warnings of danger should Hillary Clinton lose.