Democracy’s nightmare

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020: Donald Trump is re-elected president of the United States. If Trump immediately demonstrates an affinity for the people and the institutions he’s denigrated during his first term, then almost everything listed below doesn’t unfold as written. If he doesn’t, a descent into chaos begins.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020: Joe Biden’s press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, in which he outlines his concerns about his loss abruptly ends when the power goes out; the blackout stretches across multiple states and lasts for almost three hours, and travel up and down the eastern seaboard is affected. Trump tweets “ANTIFA WILL NOT WIN!”

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020: Large protests begin in major U.S. cities as rumors of a tainted election gain steam. The major market indices lose 5% of their value. The Russian news organization RT begins wall-to-wall coverage of what it calls “America’s Last Days.”

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020: Trump, who hasn’t hosted a public event since Election Day, takes to the airwaves; he asserts that Antifa “lowlifes” are orchestrating the protests, and he warns the protesters they have 24 hours to get off the streets. There remains no evidence pointing to a fraudulent election. The results from the last tight Senate race are affirmed; the new Senate will have 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020: The 24-hour window to end the protests passes with no sign of them slowing down. A photojournalist is beaten by what appear to be uniformed, but not identified, forces. Trump, who has been at Mar-A Lago since Election Day, tweets “OUR FORCES ARE READY!”

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020: NFL teams unanimously agree to not play this weekend; they urge calm, and a majority of the players affirm their support for Black Lives Matter. Trump tweets: “NFL CAN GO TO HELL!”

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020: The stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST. Within 5 minutes, the major indices lose 15%; emergency triggers lead to a suspension of trading. College students begin nationwide protests.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020: Trump orders National Guard forces into major cities to restore law and order. All units comply with their orders. Wall Street shuts down for the day. Ten nations recall their diplomatic staffs. The New York Times reports there’s evidence that Russia and China interfered with the integrity of the presidential election. Trump orders Vice President Mike Pence to investigate who is leaking “fake news” to the media.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020: During a hastily prepared Veterans’ Day event in Washington, Trump announces all military personnel will receive an automatic $1,000 raise. At least 150 Americans across the country, many of them college students, are wounded in increasingly violent clashes with the National Guard forces. More stories appear in America’s most respected newspapers about unusual election activity.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020: The stock market reopens; a financial bloodbath ensues. Before the day is out, the major indices lose 23% of their overall value. Approximately 50 nations have now recalled their diplomatic staffs. Trump tweets: “PRESS AGAIN THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. THEY CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020: A Chinese student is fatally shot as she walks down a street in Cambridge, MA. China orders all its college students home, with flights commencing in 48 hours. Trump promises justice. He also issues a late-night Executive Order that all NFL stadiums are to be opened immediately. “BIG CROWDS NOW! FLY THE FLAG!” he tweets.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020: College football games in 15 locations are disrupted as protesting students take the field. University and local police refuse to arrest the students; games are cancelled. Democrats, who retained their majority in the House of Representatives, announce hearings into possible election fraud will begin on the day the new Congress is sworn in.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020: The NFL returns to action; stadiums are mostly full. Ivanka Trump appears at the New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins game in Florida; there, she reminds Americans to respect the law. Despite the unusually cold day, thousands of students descend on Washington D.C. to protest; water cannons disperse the crowds.

Monday, November 16, 2020: Trump announces an overhaul of his Cabinet. Jared Kushner is nominated as Secretary of State, Donald Trump, Jr. is nominated as Secretary of Defense and Ivanka Trump is nominated as Secretary of the Treasury. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweets the thumbs-up emoji around 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump jointly announce their nations will form an “alliance for the 21st century.” Leaders from Belarus, Hungary and Turkey announce their involvement with the alliance. Trump says he expects “40, maybe 50, other nations to sign up.”

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020: In an exclusive interview with the One America News journalist, Trump says the “alliance” nations will disassociate with the United Nations. The protests in the U.S. are finally dying out; unofficial estimates are at least 20 Americans are dead and another 7,500 are injured.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020: Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020: Wall Street regains all losses since Election Day. Expectations about the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching 30,000 before year’s end are bandied about.

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