Left-wingers share guide to SHUTTING DOWN US and forcing Trump from power – but president says it’s 'over' for them

LEFTIST group ShutDownDC has prepared a guide on how to “disrupt” if President Donald Trump were to win re-election – but Trump says “they know it is over for them.”

Trump tweeted a link on Monday night to a document that’s circulating from the group called Stopping the Coup: The Disruption Guide for 2020.

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The document explains the group’s plan to disrupt if a “coup” were to happen by Trump in the case of close election results.

ShutDownDC writes in the guide that throughout US history, power has always been shared and gone back-and-forth between liberals and conservatives.

But leaders, they say, have never “fully fulfilled the cries for justice amongst black, poor, indigenous, queer, trans, and marginalized peoples.’

“Things seem to change, but in the end, so much remains the same,” the group states.

ShutDownDC said that 2020 “seems to be a flashpoint” as we are “at a moment in which many people have become so tired of the status quo that they have mobilized in the name of justice.”

“This guide offers a framing and organizational approach to respond to our current electoral moment.

“We live under a president who is energized by the forces of white supremacy and brutal capitalism,” it reads. “He is empowered to use the state’s resources to repress dissent.”

ShutDownDC continues: “And he is encouraged and emboldened by a mass of people who share his interests. We believe the 2020 election will be a flashpoint, and we must be ready.”

In the doc, organizers said that people “must unequivocally acknowledge that there will be issues that remain long after the election is over–things that will require long and sustained organizing efforts.”

The group wrote that the efforts “can’t be just a ‘call to the streets’” – but rather, a discussion “about what’s happening broadly and make a case for developing that street sense into broad, collective strategic action.”

“Whether you’re from Iowa or Portland, Chicago or rural Ohio; whether you’ve been in the game for a while or you’re just starting out, we hope that this guide might offer ideas, strategies, and connections for fomenting and mobilizing large-scale and widespread disruptive activity if there is a coup,” the guide reads.

ShutDownDC offers three specific things to be aware of on November 3: armed militias trying to stop voter fraud, provisional ballots, and long voter lines and polls closing early.

The group also writes that there are an “infinite number of scenarios” that could happen between Election Day and when the election is actually over.

One of them is to demand every vote be counted before a winner – either Trump or his Democratic opponent Joe Biden – is declared.

“We will see clear signs on Election Night or the next day whether the Republican playbook will claim all uncounted votes are fraudulent,” ShutDownDC says.

“Trump may try to declare himself the victor before the votes are counted, or Fox News might call the race.

“Those who can should be prepared to take action against those who are feeding into the stolen election narrative, including social media companies that are letting falsehoods or incitements to violence spread.”

The group also provides an example in which Attorney General William Barr “could attempt to seize all mail-in ballots and invalidate them.”

“Or, states with Republican-controlled legislators could authorize their own set of electors regardless of the outcome of the election.”

A section of the activist group’s guide under “false declaration of victory” reads: “It is in this muddied context of legal and political wrangling that we must take action.

“We cannot wait to see how the chips fall. That will only ensure more power for the violent white supremacist machine that is the Trump administration and its supporters.”

ShutDownDC says their framing of the election isn’t a “before/after scenario, but rather in the context of ongoing issues we face in the moment (militia movement, organized voter repression, etc) that will be present no matter the outcome.

“We’re absolutely not saying the election is useless, but rather the reactivity of the right and the white supremecist (sic) will be present no matter who wins (and certainly is present beforehand), but the election will massively change the political terrain for movements over the next four years.”

The guide, per the group, “will grow and change” and they get more information ahead of Election Day. 

Trump on Monday night wrote of ShutDownDC’s guide: “They know it is over for them. Law & Order will prevail, strong version!”

ShutDownDC was organized in summer 2019 in response to a youth climate strike, per the group’s website. 

It advertises that both individual people and groups can come together and use the space as a way to organize direct action. 

“As the 2020 election approaches we are making plans to rise up to confront the Trump administration's attacks on democracy.”

Last Thursday, the group held a protest in front of the Supreme Court to protest Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the top court.

Weeks before that, the group protested outside of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s house to push for a nominee to be voted upon after the election.

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