When news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was made public, the reaction from liberals was swift and fierce.
Fox News reports that “Almost immediately after news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, some verified Twitter users threatened arson and apparent violence in order to block Republicans from replacing her before the elections.”
You can check out some of the reactions below:
Over our dead bodies. Literally. https://t.co/rQbvuKakHU
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
— L 🤺 (@SomeBitchIKnow) September 19, 2020
The incredibly high stakes prompted what appeared to be panicked reactions from many on Twitter. Writer Beau Willimon threatened: “We’re shutting this country down if Trump and McConnell try to ram through an appointment before the election.”
A member of Wisconsin’s ethics commission, Scott Ross, ordered Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to “burn it all down” if he couldn’t stop McConnell. “F—–g A, Ed. If you can’t shut it down, burn it down,” he said.
…”If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots,” warned GQ writer Laura Bassett.
There’s something at work here that we as Americans need to take seriously. We’ve been warned about increasing political polarization so much that at times it’s easy to get complacent.
But the reality is that each additional escalation brings us closer to civil war.
Our political system depends on our ability to trust our institutions regardless of who is winning and who is losing. What we see here is that the American left cannot tolerate losing, and they’re willing to burn down the constitutionally instituted balance of power between the separate branches to get their way.