The U.S. presidential election scenario creates a ‘high’ probability of unrest; however, it may be “low-level noise” rather than very violent conflicts, an expert on extremism told the Daily Caller.
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, assured The Daily Caller that “it’s not quite as widespread or fervent as it could be.”
Levin mentioned that some experts are concerned about public officials’ safety who could end up being victims of attacks.
“Despite the chatter about organized groups like known militias and self-appointed poll watchers showing up, a lower, yet festering risk of more pronounced violence continues to also be from more impulsive and disgruntled characters who are mostly hidden,” Levin told The Daily Caller.
The extremism expert explained that many of these organized groups operate as small armed associations or “loners who see their status eroding and they are the true wild cards.”
Levin explained that President Trump’s standing for re-election, creates a risk of violence like the one that broke out in several cities during the spring in the United States, as the “hard left amps up for an insurgency,” he added.
For Levin, the places that would face the most significant risk of violence if Donald Trump’s is re-elected would be Democratic states. In particular, states where riots have already occurred, such as Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the California Bay Area.
According to reports, a coalition of groups led by leftist groups such as Black Lives Matter and Shutdown DC have been conducting training through the Zoom platform to schedule Election Day protests.
Fox News reported that leaked documents and recordings of Zoom calls detail the organization of a flexible and coordinated network of activists preparing to mobilize across the country, especially if Biden loses.
They would also aim to prolong election day riots for the entire week with the possibility of them continuing until the presidential inauguration in January.
Police departments around the country are preparing for the potential threat of riots on election day in the United States.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office reported that a “zero tolerance” policy would be implemented as businesses closed down in the wake of the announced post-election riots.
New York Police Chief Terence Monahan said, “Our responses to getting cops out to the scene has gotten a lot better. We’ve identified those who are willing to cause damage and destruction, and we will be on them. We know who they are,” Just the News reported.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Monday that the state’s National Guard is on standby for possible rioting in the city of Portland, which lived through months of prolonged unrest.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that should the city reach a point where it is necessary to deploy the National Guard, that is what they will do.