The text below about recent and coming events is opinion only, and some might see it as extreme or outrageous. Proceed at your own risk.
The coup d’etat on January 6th and danger of further violence in the next ten days is seen primarily as a battle of democracy versus fascism, and to a lesser extent secularism versus theocracy. But there is a third threat, and I think it’s the biggest factor in not just who is organizing the descent into dictatorship, but who is supporting it.
This is a race war.
White people in the US will become the minority demographic by 2045, and probably sooner than that. And when that happens, they will no longer be able to make laws that benefit only themselves. Racists would rather live under theocratic fascism than live in a society of equality and fairness, so they support the attempted coup. They supported the first attempt, and they will support the second and more violent attempt in the coming days.
In 2019, Millennials outpopulated Baby Boomers for the first time. By 2028 (if Biden and then Harris preside for eight years), the mass die-off of Boomers due to age will leave them the smallest remaining population, smaller even than Generation X. Their voting influence will disappear as non-white and more informed populations continue to grow. And that is something that the shrinking racist white minority can’t abide. Especially not the rich who know it will mean more taxes for them as the poorest vote in their own interests.
Look at thirty years of white christianist indoctrination in public schools (e.g. “abstinence only”, “triangle trade” and eliminating any mention of slavery). The mob that attacked the capitol came primarily from states that “taught” such ignorance: Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Virginia, North and South Carolina, etc. The US media still portrays white as the norm and ideal, sixty years into the civil rights movement. Diversity in the media is a myth unless it’s a stereotype.
Look at the US’s farcical “justice system” over the last thirty years. “Tough on crime” was always aimed at and disproportionally used against Black people, only at “disposable” white people that most of white america found useful but wanted no part of (e.g. white supremacist gangs). White society views the KKK and aryan nations the same was “mainstream” anti-abortion christians view terrorists who murder doctors and blow up women’s clinics: useful for scaring people, but “we don’t want them living next to us”.
Look at the denial of voting rights to people with criminal convictions (years, decades or lifetime), and the attempt to criminalize non-white populations. In 2020, over five million US citizens remained disenfranchised, denied their right to vote. This was organized voter suppression before voter purges became a thing. Look at the inequalities in prosecuting actual voter fraud by whites to no voter fraud by Black people. In Canada and most democracies, people retain their right and ability to vote even while they are in prison. Losing the right to vote happens primarily in repressive and less democratic countries.
Look at how most white americans avoid discussing the duplicity of cops violence and systematic racism, repeating myths and fictions that they know are complete and utter lies. “Obey the cops and nothing will happen!” “He must have done something for the cop to shoot him!” And they do it with a nudge and a wink, knowing they’re unlikely to be affected.
Look at the public non-response to public health, before and during COVID-19. The US health industry is founded on racism at the corporate level and the individual level (i.e. racist “doctors” assuming all Black people don’t feel pain). Anyone not white or Asian is more than twice as likely to die of COVID-19. That’s intentional.
Look at the desperate attempts to control women’s bodies and deny legal abortion. Fox Nuisance and others have long stoked fears of whites becoming a minority, and denying abortion was one way to increase white populations. Given how other racist policies lead to the increase of deaths and imprisonment among Black, Latinx and other people (infants, children, adults), the racists negate anti-abortion population growth by banning abortion.
White racists in the US may view this as their last stand. Elections couldn’t be rigged with economic inequality, couldn’t with criminalizing Black and Latinx people, couldn’t with voter purges and other unethical means. The only way left to steal the election and for white people to continue to rule is by violent force, even if that means giving up democracy. and I suspect there are many are willing to go along with that.
It didn’t have to be Cheetolini, it just happened to be him. Any other extremist now or in four years would have done the same thing, whether Cruz, Kasich, Paul or any other.