Armed Americans Are Ready To Seize Power

( Newsweek has been gearing up for the one-year anniversary of the 3-hour riot on January 6 by publishing a series of articles portraying Trump supporters as dangerous extremists and domestic terrorists. And two weeks ago, Newsweek writer David H. Freedman penned what has to be the most paranoid, histrionic, and laughably ridiculous column yet.

In a bit of panic porn headlined “Millions of Angry, Armed Americans Stand Ready to Seize Power if Trump Loses in 2024,” Freedman spins a paranoid tale of a growing army of armed anti-government extremists who are positioning themselves to launch another Insurrection that will make January 6 look like a protest that got out of hand.

And not just because January 6 was a protest that got out of hand.

See, in Freedman’s fevered imagination, those evil extremists like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers will use the 2024 election to launch a revolution.

Freedman cites how many guns were purchased in 2020 and 2021 and concludes, without a shred of evidence, that the increased gun sales are fueled by people who are “overwhelmingly white, Republican and southern and rural.”

Guns sales were boosted in 2020 and 2021 in large part by first-time gun buyers like women and minorities who were responding to the skyrocketing crime rates and the push to “Defund the Police.” But David Freedman isn’t going to let the facts get in the way of his paranoid conspiracy theory.

Freedman also believes the “false claims” of voter fraud are fueling this fantasy revolution he envisions.

What happens, asks Freedman, if these “overwhelmingly white, Republican and southern and rural” monsters armed with guns don’t like how the 2024 election goes?

What if the other side doesn’t like how the election goes?

Well, Freedman answers his own hypothetical by presenting another paranoid, delusional hypothetical answer.

Freedman claims “tens of millions” of people will take to the streets all over the country, “plunging the country into chaos.” And, he breathlessly adds, “armed violence” might erupt.

And because the only people with guns are “overwhelmingly white, Republican and southern and rural,” this “armed violence” that erupts will all be the fault of these gap-toothed rubes Freedman hates.

What a drama queen.

You can read the entire pearl-clutching column if you want. But why would you want to?