Apocalypse Now: Survivalists Dig in for November 9

Julia Ioffe reports for Politico:

161107_ioffe_preppers_getty.jpg[…] While the rest of the country expects—or at least hopes—the election will put a merciful end to the chaos of campaign season, the Camerons are among the many Americans who think it will only get worse. The end of the campaign, many in this community believe, is only the beginning: The really bad stuff will begin the day after the election. “I’ll be honest with ya, I think some things are going to go down,” Lucas told me.

“Nobody takes Obama seriously,” he said, “but the two people who are running for office—a lot of people are scared that he’ll hit the nuclear button without even taking a breath, and that she’s so wicked that I won’t be surprised if she opens the floodgates of ISIS to come in and kill all Americans.” Though most of his clients, like him, support Trump, he says, “Most all of them expect there will be riots in either case.”

“It doesn’t matter who wins. We’re in trouble,” says David Kobler, a military veteran who runs the popular SouthernPrepper1 YouTube channel out of South Carolina. “I have talked to a few guys who have to travel for business around Election Day, and they will be driving instead of flying, so they can take their bug-out bags with them.” (A bug-out bag is a bag packed for emergencies: food, water, first aid, weapons.) “That way, if they’re stuck in their hotel room, they will have some food and water,” Kobler explained. “And they have concealed weapons permits so they can legally carry in their cars,” but not on planes. Which is another reason not to fly around Election Day: you could end up unarmed and vulnerable in the middle of post-election violence.

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