- The Washington Times - Monday, November 2, 2020

Tuesday’s the day. Election Day.

And the day after, if you live in the nation’s capital or around the Beltway, all eyes and ears will be focused on election results after what happened on Election Day 2016, when The Donald beat Hillary.

American voters awakened to the news of Mrs. Clinton losing, and many haven’t slept since.

Now claiming to be fully “woke,” they have turned what ordinarily is Election Day into Election Week.

This week, like the election results of 2020, could prove historic, but for all the wrong reasons.

Law enforcers, small shops and other legitimate businesses are bracing for trouble.

All this week, folks proclaiming to exercise their First Amendment rights — including a group protesting “against the election results” — plan to raise a raucous protest in D.C.

In Freedom Plaza, which is just a bullhorn away from the White House, the National Park Service has granted a permit to the D.C. Action Lab, where protests began Monday and are expected to last through Thanksgiving.

If it takes that long to get presidential election results, could be that by then we’re all up in arms. Then again, this is the year of COVID-19, which essentially means it’s Anything Can Happen Year.

A “Catharsis on the Mall” event is scheduled for Election Day near the Washington Monument. Healing should top everyone’s list.

The same day, crowds are set to gather at Thomas Circle and march down to Black Lives Matter Plaza. Their gripe? To “resist the president.” If Uncle Joe wins, guess they’ll have to change that from president to “president-elect.”

At BLM Plaza, they’ll be joined by the ShutDown DC folks, the group of activists who apparently haven’t realized that Mayor Muriel Bowser shut down D.C. in March.

There are other organizations scheduled to prance around the city ‘til work week’s end, when Shutdown the White House starts caravaning to the White House at the crack of dawn. The group plans two other caravans, in case joggers and motorists don’t get ensnared in their freedom-of-speech traffic jams. They plan to have another caravan at 9 a.m. and the final one at 11 a.m.

They’ve timed it perfectly to make sure their efforts make the TV talk rounds all weekend.

By no means is this list all inclusive.

Police and other first responders, including among the federal ranks, are going to be mighty busy this week, as it falls to them to keep everyone safe and out of harm’s way.

But you know as well as I do that something is going to happen — motor vehicles, foot traffic, protesters, counterprotesters, politics and law enforcement do not mix well with election results.

Legitimate election results should be in hand by Wednesday evening so angry mobs can return to their respective corners.

Fingers crossed.

Deborah Simmons can be contacted at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

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