The anarchists are trying to frighten you into voting for Joe Biden. They are threatening increased violence and civil disobedience should Trump win a close election. But, they are making no such promise if Biden wins a close election. They claim they are not hoping Biden wins but rather that Trump loses.
That is nonsense. If they were really against Biden, their supply of money from the left would dry up. They don’t define what close is. Was 2016 a close election? They have put out directives on what to do to disrupt the daily lives of Americans. The guide, “Stopping the Coup,” available as a Google doc, is being circulated by a group called ShutDownDC.
ShutDownDC declares: “Preventing Donald Trump from stealing the election and remaining in office is likely to take mass, sustained disruptive movements all over the country.” Part of that document reads on how to stage a coup of the government:
In the context of a coup or highly contested election. We need to be clear that our actions must directly affect the structures and pillars of power. Our largest asset in this regard utilizes the ideas of non-compliance. Through massive, broad based direct action. Where we can, we need to be in the streets, on the highways. Or at the sites of power and power holders. In our jobs and lives we must refuse to allow those taking control the legitimacy of the power they seek through strikes, slowdowns, and boycotts, and public refusal to accept an illegitimate ruling party.
But another section is on disrupting the daily lives of the people:
In order to really win we will need to force some pillars of power (business, military, media, or other major institutions) to decide to side with the people. Or at least get out of the way. If everyday life goes on, a despot will not leave power. And so there will be no incentive for real systems change. You want to think about what it might take to stop business-as-usual.
They claim that they will protect the vote from counter-protestors, federal agents, or white supremacist militias. They will demand that no winner be declared until every single vote is counted, which never happens. In cases where the outstanding votes are less than the margin of victory, they are not counted.
They say the call to action is if Trump is declared the winner on election night before the Democrats have a chance to manufacture enough votes to win.
The guide also says that no matter who wins the election, they plan to keep fighting in the streets. “We’re absolutely not saying the election is useless, but rather the reactivity of the right and the white supremecist [sic] will be present no matter who wins.”
ShutDownDC’s website indicates that it expects Trump to have to be forced from office. (Even if he wins) :
“We are not seeking a ‘return to normalcy,’ because we know that returning to ‘normal’ means returning to a system that was built on oppression. Rather, we see this as the time to rise up against the current crisis and move forward to dismantle the interlocking systems of oppression that have plagued this land for centuries.”