Given the rage and irrational anger expressed by Trump supporters over the past many weeks, and the many recent media-reported comments from his supporters that they are ready for a revolution, could Trump actually be preparing for a "plan B": an actual shooting attempt to "win by bullet" should he "lose by ballot"?
In fact, could he have been preparing his core base for this eventuality from the start?
Trump has voiced a "stand alone" defiance from the beginning of his national campaign, signaled by his acceptance speech, in which he expressed the most outlandish statement in US politics history: "I alone can fix it." (referring to a [alleged] system which is rigged so that the powerful can beat up on people that cannot defend themselves.) He has voiced that same refrain throughout his campaign, now increasingly intensely so.
Not long after the convention, recall his Second Amendment statement, which was viewed as a veiled threat, or a tacit invitation, to assassinate Clinton. He raised the Second Amendment, again, later, though in a more oblique way. Nevertheless, both statements were made, in context, to the effect that the Second Amendment could be used to prevent Clinton and the establishment from succeeding, claiming that that was the reason for its inclusion.
His early campaign stops, by all media estimations, made no sense: stumps in "solid red" states, "solid blue" states and, only rarely, in "swing states". However, on closer inspection, all those states were strong Second Amendment and NRA states, most also having anti-government extremist elements, often seen (via their slogans and signs) frequenting his rallies. This continued for many weeks after the Republican convention.
Throughout his campaign, his purpose has been, mainly, to raise a base that would pledge absolute loyalty to Trump, himself, not the Republican party. He has carried that effort to the present, seemingly refusing to maintain some tie with the Republican Party (other than of their trying to stay tied to his coattails, which he seems oblivious to) nor to consider gaining support from other demographics (which might give him a legitimate chance to win).
The problem with his "campaign" actively seeking support from anyone other than his base, is that they would not pledge the absolute loyalty required, nor hold the extreme amount of hatred necessary, to follow Trump in an actual revolution.
Time and again in the past, he ignored the issues in favor of raising distrust and hate against the "establishment". Now, since his chance at victory seems less than remote, he has intensified his hateful and incendiary rhetoric.
Why else would he want to follow a "scorched earth" (as the media has been calling it) approach to all but his most ardent supporters? Everyone, I mean everyone, is scratching their collective heads questioning his tactics. Perhaps not even his inner circle is aware of it?
Even if it is not Trump's plan to revolt should he lose, where is that months-long intentionally-incited build-up of distrust, hate, rancor, outrage and sense of blind faith, placed solely in Trump as their savior, going to go?
Perhaps pointing to what happens after police shootings can prove illustrative, only multiply the effect by hundreds of thousands, and consider its spread throughout the country.
I know this seems fantastic, but shouldn't we be mindful of its possibility (it would not be the first time our nation turned its anger inward and threatened suicide), and open a discussion, at least, if we don't actually consider options?
I, for one, do not believe our nation is "beyond that". I did ... before Trump and his success in rounding up thirty to forty million ardent supporters, who should know better, but consciously refuse to do so.