In 1968, Simon and Garfunkel released a song titled "America".
Here are some of the lyrics:
"Kathy, I'm lost, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all come to look for America
All come to look for America
All come to look for America
Yesterday, it would have been easy to count the cars on the New Jersey turnpike because Trump supporters shut it down in order to show support for Trump.
The Trump parade of vehicles was estimated to be 2 miles long.
About a week ago in Phoenix, members of his cult blocked one lane on a freeway in town by slowly driving bumper to bumper, which prevented some "normal" people from getting off at their exit.
Then, a few days ago, a convoy of pickup trucks near Houston waving Trump flags forced a Biden campaign bus to slow and eventually stop, which prompted the Biden campaign to cancel several events in the Lone Star state.
These crazy people didn't come to look for America, at least not the one that actually exists. They came looking for the America that THEY want - non-diverse, conservative, bigoted, and mean.
Ironically, a lot of what the GOP and Trump supporters will have the opposite effect of what they intended.
They piss people off enough that they become MORE determined to "throw the bastards out".
Using tear gas on peaceful protestors in North Carolina (which happened a few days ago) would not be called a good public relations move.
( Alamance County sheriff’s deputies and city police officers in Graham, North Carolina, abruptly pepper-sprayed about 200 people who were marching peacefully to the polls. The crowd included children and disabled people and, in what will likely turn out to be a problem for the officers in court, because political pundit David Frum’s children filmed the encounter. The sheriff’s office said it attacked the march out of “concerns for the safety of all,” but Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson has such a record of racism and intimidation that the Department of Justice sent election monitors to the county in 2004, 2008, and 2012.)
David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic, and he also works of MSNBC.
This afternoon, the FBI confirmed in a short, nonspecific statement that it is investigating the incident. After all, voter intimidation is a federal as well as a state crime.
Tonight, Trump tweeted: “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA, who run around burning down our Democrat run cities and hurting our people!”
Last night, another Trump group disrupted traffic at Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Writer Rebecca Solnit noted, “Reminder: They’re doing crazy s**t because they can’t win by the rules.”
Researchers who study extremism warned Friday that self-organized groups might take up arms and station themselves around polling places or, after the election, mobilize and prepare for civil war.
For now, such activity was hypothetical, said Cassie Miller, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center. But Miller said such groups have used social media to organize and mobilize quickly to live out their “violent fantasies.”
In Arizona, the head of the Prescott-area chapter of the Oath Keepers group, which recruits military and law enforcement officers, has warned residents to be prepared to protect their neighborhoods from feared extreme left-wing protesters who would be upset should President Donald Trump be re-elected.
Election staff in Maricopa County have been trained to enforce election laws, including a prohibition on firearms within 75 feet of a polling place, said Scott Jarrett, the director of Election Day operations at Maricopa County.
In Michigan, residents are allowed to "open carry" AT THE POLLS.