If I were a store owner in D.C., New York or any other large city, I’d keep the plywood easily accessible.
The election isn’t over as courts sort things out, so it might yet come in handy.
The mobs that rioted for months were in the streets again on Nov. 7, when the media declared Joe Biden as our next president and Kamala Harris as vice president. This time, they were partying instead of looting.
Here’s how Wall Street Journal columnist Gerard Baker described a jubilant crowd dancing in Manhattan as workers removed boards from storefronts placed there in case Mr. Biden lost:
“It was a neat little tableau of the protection racket ethos that has defined American politics for the last four years: Vote for us so we can dance and celebrate. Vote against us and we’ll burn down your business and steal your property.”
Although Mr. Biden has gone back on his word not to claim victory until the election is certified, and has created an “Office of the President-Elect,” complete with an official looking seal, he has at least issued the standard call to unite the country. Can’t fault him for that.
But, more than 70 million Americans who voted for President Trump might be forgiven for asking, “Really?” In 2016, Democrats not only refused to accept Hillary Clinton’s loss but have engaged in a four-year coup attempt to remove Mr. Trump and smear his supporters as racists.
“The bitter 2016 battle for the White House is turning into a forever war with Hillary Clinton’s tormented team vowing a four-year insurgency against Donald Trump,” reported Politico on Dec. 3, 2016. “People in her orbit … are plotting an anti-Trump resistance and venting with a fury.” [ … ]