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Businesses Across the Country Board Up in Fear of Post-Election Violence



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After a tumultuous year full of violent protests, riots, and looting, businesses across the country, and especially in large cities, are boarding up ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Business owners whose buildings were previously vandalized and broken into are being especially proactive in installing plywood over windows and doors, despite there being no specific threats of violence.

From D.C. to New York to Chicago to Portland, businesses that were already hit hard by pandemic shutdowns are now tasked with protecting the physical assets they have left. Many businesses that were not able to afford repairs after the first round of rioting and looting will remain boarded up from May until next year.

Violence Is Now Expected

Despite years of contentious although accepted elections, this year both Democrats and Republicans have declared that they will not accept the results if the other party wins.

Kamala Harris has declared that voter suppression and foreign interference in the Presidential election could alter the true results. Donald Trump has cast significant doubt on the legitimacy and accurate counting of mail-in ballots.

In 2020, there is not only an expectation of contention, and several weeks of waiting before a winner is declared. However, there is also an expectation of violent outbursts. After a summer of protests turning violent, Americans expect more of the same destructive behavior in response to the election.

Three of four voters say they're worried about possible violence. Meanwhile, only 1 in 4 say they're “very confident” the country will see a peaceful transfer of power, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds. This is if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump.

Police Departments Prepare

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After a year in which much of America called for their defunding, police departments are preparing every way they can for what may come next week.

In Chicago, Police Superintendent David Brown said that the police department has canceled November days off for police officers in charge of managing protests.

Rich Guidice, executive director of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, held a press conference earlier this month. He said that “The city is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to planning for this event. We have been performing drills and holding workshops to be ready to respond to any situation or possible event that should occur in this city before, on or after Election Day.”

In New York City, the police department says that there have been no specific and credible threats targeting the election. But street officers have completed crowd control retraining in the event of protests. Also, “hundreds” of officers are ready to respond to election-related demonstrations.

In Portland, protesters faced off against federal officers on a nightly basis outside of the city's downtown federal courthouse. Here, owners of businesses wondered if they should close or board up their properties. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said all these in a letter last week.

“While we do not have any current intelligence to suggest violence, we know there is a lot of uncertainty and tension in our community during this time,” Lovell said. This confirmed that the department will increase staffing on and after Election Day.

Peaceful Elections Are in Question

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For perhaps the first time in history, the legitimacy and safety of our elections is being brought into question. Those that fear the COVID-19 pandemic are voting by mail. They do so through a postal service that is on the verge of bankruptcy. The same service consistently loses credibility as a trustworthy department of the government.

Those who are voting in person are being told to fear for their physical safety. It comes as Democrats accuse “armed militias” of policing polling places in an effort to influence the election.

The four-year-old conspiracy theory that foreign governments like China and Russia are influencing our election through online marketing scams has returned.

Three-quarters of Americans expect widespread violence in reaction to either winner of the election. This may become more likely especially if Donald Trump wins reelection.

The America that we once knew and loved, hangs in the balance.

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  • Phil says:

    The America we knew and loved is being destroyed by people who have no clue why they’re protesting except to get the new PS4 and a TV to play it on in mommy and daddy’s basement.

  • Sue says:

    There is indeed threats out there. Look up Rise and Resist group tied to Soros who is pouring gazillions into protests and said “Burn it ALL DOWN” if trump wins. The COUP against America IS in effect and will stay in EFFECT even after the election. Everyone needs to wise up and do what they can to thwart those who are attempting to dismantle as you said…The America we knew”. And some of it does indeed begin at home with parents who are not doing their part.

  • TheTruthBurns says:

    I used to Live in Crapipornia & Left because to Stay was Foolish! If you live in a Demoncrap Commie Sh*thole – You Get What You DESERVE!

  • Rhonda says:

    shotguns are a good deterrent…business owners who protect their property don’t sustain damage

  • ONLYJB1 says:

    We’ve been warned! Why have we not warned back? This little hickey is easily rendered mute! Set up the military in strategic positions to this communist fallout and let the big dogs eat! BIG DOGS? Those are .50 caliber Browning Machine guns. When these little communist see the body parts of their friend fly by, they will retreat to their mommie’s basement and never come out again! STAND UP AMERICA! FIGHT BACK AMERICANS! It’s past time to cleanse OUR nation!

  • Quang Nguyen says:

    So, we’ll only see a peaceful transfer of power if the left wins? That makes it pretty clear who abide by the law and who do not, doesn’t it? Didn’t Obama tell Trump to accept the results of the election back in ’16? Why hasn’t he been telling his people to accept the results of the election since Trump won?

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