Having become a little complacent just lately I have to say that I'm getting increasingly worried again about something that hasn't stopped nagging at me even since Biden was seen to be such a clear winner: that the Trump administration and the GOP really are going to try to turn this situation into a coup. My fears were summed up today by Nesrine Malik in the Guardian:Donald Trump's refusal to concede is no joke – it's a dangerous precedent
The final two paragraphs:
Instead of preparing for, and heading off, the worst-case scenario, and despite all the norm-shattering of the past few years, a stubborn American exceptionalism still remains, one that in sage tones calms any fears of a Trump takeover. The Biden camp has chosen to carry on with a transition process during which they have not even been allowed to access messages of congratulation, and still use no stronger language than calling Trump’s refusal to concede “an embarrassment”.
The whole episode is “terrible for democracy, but ultimately a bad case of Trumpian bluster rather than an ominous portent of tanks in the streets” predicts the New Yorker. When a person is robbed of power, “they immediately become less scary”, Slate tells us. “Thank goodness Trump is too incompetent to properly organise a coup,” says the Washington Post. But, as the author Talia Lavin put it, “it is almost as if mainstream political journalists in the United States suffer a kind of Promethean ailment: each morning, an eagle draped in an American flag swoops down and removes their temporal lobe.” The lesson they are constantly unlearning is that with Trump, things seem unthinkable until they are inevitable. And by then, it’s too late.
The appointment a few days ago of several loyalist Trump hacks into most of the top Pentagon posts has me very worried in itself. Was it just pure spite to sack the incumbents for resisting some of his crazier urges (always possible with Trump), or is there more to it?