The electoral college vote has come and gone, with no civil-war-inspiring insurrection, but we shouldn’t forget how the Left handled itself during this period, as John Sexton wrote before the vote:
This harassment campaign has been going on for weeks. I first wrote about it a month ago and it seems to have only gotten worse as Democrats get more desperate. Progressives concerned about violating Democratic norms ought to be asked about tens of thousands of harassing calls, letters and emails—some of them threatening—being sent to GOP electors. Is that how we do things in this country?
The curiously well-coordinated campaign has come to nothing, but we must remember, as candidate Barack Obama once said, “We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. They will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks and months to come.”
Sadly, I don’t think the Left will learn. Aided by a sympathetic news media, they will stoke their own frustrations and expand their harassment, continuing to stoke the violence that has led to the killing of police officers and aided in the radicalization of Islamic radicals. In places like Rhode Island, where they feel sufficiently comfortable to speak their minds, they’ll continue demonizing their neighbors as “white supremacists” for living in the suburbs.
In turn, the violence will expand.
I fear we’re at the beginning, not the end, and to the extent that the new administration manages to take the progressive ropes off of our economy and Americans’ circumstances improve, the Left will only become more panicked.