As President Donald Trump continues solidifying his grip on power and Republicans continue letting him get away with breaking laws and violating the Constitution, a senior defense analyst and genocide expert is warning that the signs of an impending genocide exist in the United States.

Brynn Tannehill has studied genocides around the world for decades, and while many Americans insist that genocide could not possibly happen here in the “land of the free,” she is convinced that it’s on the verge of happening because of Trump and his Republican enablers.

On Thursday, she explained on Twitter the signs that currently exist, and the signs that are likely to follow.

According to the statistics, infant mortality in the United States is on the rise and is now on par with less developed countries like Serbia, which failed to prevent genocide in Bosnia between 1992-1995 when Serbian forces there murdered 8,000 in an extermination campaign against Bosnian Muslims.

Indeed, Trump and Republicans have repeatedly attempted to vilify Muslims and immigrants, accusing them of being terrorists and criminals.

This is where Trump’s court-packing scheme comes in as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) jams his unqualified judicial appointees through the confirmation process to ensure conservatives dominate the courts.

Once control of the courts is established, Trump and his cronies can break the law with impunity without consequence because all of his judges will agree with him that he isn’t breaking any laws, paving the way for the most flagrant of violations, including mass murder.

Trump and Republicans frequently defend white nationalists and ignore their violent crimes, but have rushed to highlight and condemn even the most minor act of violence by a person of color or an immigrant.

Republicans long for a return to the Jim Crow era when segregation was in full swing and minorities lacked basic civil rights. They have even begun arguing that discrimination is legal and have deported American soldiers who were brought to the United States by their parents illegally.

All of this sets up the next steps, some of which are already happening.

Police already use disproportionate violence against minorities and frequently harass them compared to the way they treat white people. And Trump has already proposed forcing Muslim Americans to wear a a symbol identifying them similar to the way the Nazis forced Jews to wear the Star of David.

And Trump has already been working on normalizing his behavior and activities, which gets the public used to it before the next steps begin.

Thus far, Trump has referred to the press as the “enemy of the people” and has endorsed Saudi Arabia’s killing of a Washington Post journalist. Tens of thousands of migrant children are locked in camps on the border and are suffering inhumane treatment. Some have died.

In fact, Tannehill is so worried about an impending genocide based on the signs that her and her family plan to flee the country to Canada before it’s too late and says all Americans should be worried.

If Trump should win a second term, genocide could be even more likely, especially if he moves to become president for life as he has repeatedly mused.

This next election is not just a fight for the future, it’s a fight for our lives. And no American should assume that it can’t possibly happen to them. As German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller warned in a poem about the atrocities committed by the Nazis:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

It’s time for all Americans to speak out.

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