On Monday night, Trump tweeted a link to a document that’s circulating from the group named Stopping the Coup: The Disruption Guide for 2020.
ShutDownDC explains in the guide that throughout US history, power has always gone back-and-forth between liberals and conservatives.
though 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.”
“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 continued and said: “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 wrote 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.”
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.
“Trump may try to declare himself the victor before the votes are counted”
“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, by the group, “will grow and change” and they get more information ahead of Election Day.
Trump on Monday night Commented on ShutDownDC’s guide: “They know it is over for them. Law & Order will prevail, strong version!”
ShutDownDC was established 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 method to make direct action.