Recent polls suggest Donald Trump’s run for the White House is doomed – but his supporters have warned of a revolution if he fails.
The Republican candidate trails Democrat Hillary Clinton by an average of 5.4 points in present polls, according to Real Clear Politics aggregator.
But the potential defeat has revealed a dark fear of what will happen if Ms Clinton wins – despite United States Studies Centre’s Dr Sarah Graham saying it’s nothing but talk.
The New York Times spoke to Mr Trump’s fans at campaign events across six states less than two weeks before the November 8 election.
The paper reported their sentiment that if the election was rigged, and Trump lost, things could take a violent turn.
It could lead to “another Revolutionary War,” one attendee told NY Times.
He said people would march on the capitals and worried it could go a step further.
“They’re going to do whatever needs to be done to get her out of office, because she does not belong there,” he added.
“If push comes to shove … [Ms Clinton] has to go by any means necessary, it will be done.”
Another one of Mr Trump’s most faithful followers who owns “north of 30 guns” said he was prepared to stand against a Clinton government.
He warned Ms Clinton – who supports America’s Second Amendment to bear arms – not to try confiscate the nation’s constitutionally protected weapons.
“If she comes after the guns, it’s going to be a rough, bumpy road,” he said.
“I hope to God I never have to fire a round, but I won’t hesitate to. As a Christian, I want reformation. But sometimes reformation comes through bloodshed.”
On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump.
On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
Others expressed they would peacefully accept Ms Clinton as the next president, but wondered how a country with so many guns and people who “are willing to trample a grandma on Black Friday at midnight to save $5 on a toaster,” would react.
“I am not going to take my weapon to go out into the streets to protest an election I did not win,” one supporter noted.
“But I think that if certain events came about, a person would need to protect themselves, depending on where they lived, when your neighbourhood goes up in flames.”
If Donald Trump loses then it is the end of the country.
— SouljahSingh (@souljahsingh) October 27, 2016
Trump revolution unlikely
Despite new levels of anger surrounding this election, experts have said there’s no real credence behind a Trump-led revolution.
“I don’t see Trump leading a protest and things like that – he did talk about things being rigged so he’s throwing this out there but nothing to suggest substantial violence,” Dr Sarah Graham said.
“His campaign has been pitched around an angry sentiment so those who are supporting him are definitely responding to that but I haven’t seen anything that is suggesting serious expectations of violence.”
Dr Graham said Mr Trump’s belief there could be a rigged election and the court of anger was more disturbing.
“I think the worry is more that it is just so shocking and that is kind of trashing American democracy and perhaps there is a bit of American exceptionalism going on here,” she said.
“Americans are very uncomfortable with anybody flighting their democratic positions and systems especially someone in Trump’s position.
“It’s certainly unprecedented to have a candidate preemptively being a sore loser and casing aspersions.”