Available as a Google doc, this Stopping the Coup guide posits that the president is already planning a "coup" in order to win reelection, and that it is up to liberals to prevent him "from stealing the election and remaining in office."
The only way to do this, the guide suggests, is to unleash "sustained disruptive movements all over the country." Creating confusion and chaos, according to ShutDownDC, will ensure that the election results are "fair," meaning not in favor of Trump.
"In the context of a coup or highly contested election we need to be clear that our actions must directly affect the structures and pillars of power," the guide explains.
"Our largest asset in this regard utilizes the ideas of non-compliance through massive, broad based direct action. Where we can, we need to be in the streets, on the highways, or at the sites of power and power holders."
Leftists who work are encouraged to boycott, strike, or otherwise slow down the gears of their companies in order to prevent "those taking control" from attaining "the legitimacy of the power they seek." ShutDownDC also maintains that those in opposition to Trump need to publicly reject the election results, which the group is already expecting will create "an illegitimate ruling party."
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Under no circumstances should Trump be allowed to stay in office, ShutDownDC goes on to contend, warning that American life will need to stop in the event that Trump and his administration refuse to vacate the White House.
"In order to really win we will need to force some pillars of power (business, military, media, or other major institutions) to decide to side with the people, or at least get out of the way," its guide goes on to explain.
"If everyday life goes on, a despot will not leave power, and so there will be no incentive for real systems change. You want to think about what it might take to stop business-as-usual."
While claiming to not be supporters of Joe Biden, either, ShutDownDC does not present any type of scenario in which a Trump win might be legitimate. In other words, Trump winning will automatically mean that the election was stolen, necessitating further agitation.
ShutDownDC is of the persuasion that Fox News, and likely the president himself, "may try to declare" Trump "the victor before the votes are counted." There is also worry that Attorney General William Barr might try to throw out mail-in ballots, a scenario that ShutDownDC says will require "direct action."
"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 urges.
"In the end, the actual electorate might be split, half truly believing that Trump was elected legally, and half knowing that he was not," it adds, the insinuation again being that there is no possible scenario in which Trump can win reelection "legally."
No matter the outcome, ShutDownDC is prepared to "take action" because it says it "cannot wait to see how the chips fall." Doing this would "only ensure more power for the violent white supremacist machine that is the Trump administration and its supporters."
The Stopping the Coup document appears to be the product of a group called Disruption Project that advocates for the United States to be taken over in a revolution "nonviolently."
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