I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad....
The effort at intimidation has grown considerably since
The Real Polls are starting to look GREAT! We will be having an even bigger victory than that of 2016. The Radical Left Anarchists, Agitators, Looters, and just plain Lunatics, will not be happy, but they will behave!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2020
Those may be only words. However, they're apparently being put into action as an hour before the debate we learned
In a recent video for the Trump campaign, Donald Trump Jr. becomes a modern-day Uncle Sam, urging Americans to sign up for a new kind of war.
“We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army For Trump’s election security operation,” he says.
The younger Trump’s video, posted on the Team Trump Facebook and Twitter pages on Sept. 21, follows the Trump campaign’s strategy to rile up Republican voters against the perceived threat of voter fraud. The president’s son claims that the “radical left” plans to cast “millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election.”
The solution: assemble the troops.
The election is not being held today, tomorrow, or the day after. But Donald Trump is obsessed with polls in part because he fails to understand that they are a mere snapshot. So he in the past frequently boasted by Twitter and at rallies of high poll numbers, whether credible or not. And he can see by recent surveys that if the election were held today and voters were not discouraged from casting a vote, he would lose the popular vote and- probably by landslide- the electoral college.
Team Trump, however, knows there is still a chance of victory by suppressing the vote. Demand that potential Democratic voters "behave." Threaten to sic bikers, police, and the military upon opponents. Rant and rave at a debate, thus reinforcing doubts about the political process. And recruit an Army for Trump to roam polling places in selected urban districts on election day.
I believe in divine justice but we shouldn’t have to wait. Hopefully, Donald Trump will easily survive Covid-19, lose the election, and be prosecuted. However, GOP voter suppression will make it more difficult to defeat the President than it will be for him to recover from a coronavirus.