So you’re thinking about stopping a coup

Kiara Paninos, does not speak French

In this week’s episode of “Yes, that really did happen, and now this might happen too,” we will be discussing the 2020 Presidential election. The first presidential debate was a doozy. There were some sick burns and many lies. While I am normally in support of some trashy reality tv, this is not exactly what I had in mind. 

The current president had trouble saying he would support a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. Because of this, there is speculation that Trump might refuse to accept a loss no matter what. That, my friends, would be a coup d’etat. (More commonly referred to as just ‘coup’, pronounced like ‘koo’, rhymes with poo). 

Now the internet is flooded with advice on how to stop a coup! The fact that this is even a serious conversation people are having is absurd…or is it? I honestly don’t even know at this point. I’m all turned around. This year has desensitized us to some crazy shit. So, because I know you’re all now very curious about how to stop a coup (just in case), I present to you a summary of my findings.

  1. Our voting system is whack. If you didn’t know, now you do. With mail-in ballots, be ready for weeks of confusion after the actual election night. Sit your impatient butt down and use your fancy critical thinking skills.
  2. Repeat after me: “Will you go into the streets with me if a coup occurs?” Ask this question as dramatically as possible to your friends and family. Apparently, a coup can be stopped if enough people do this. Basically, just don’t let people freeze like a deer in the headlights.
  3. Restrain yourself from throwing more insults around (I know, it’s very tempting). Instead, focus on sharing widespread democratic values. Save the roasts for Thanksgiving.
  4. Try to stay calm and remember that coups have been stopped before! Huzzah!