I don't know the answer to that, but I dare say that we're likely to find out.
Adaptive Curmudgeon compares and contrasts the 80:1 long shot that won the Kentucky Derby with the election of 2020. This is the key bit:
Let me repeat this known and undeniable fact because it’s important; I could watch the Kentucky Derby and see every damn hoofbeat frame by frame if I wish. But during an American election campaign 51 “intelligence experts” all collectively lied. One single event like that would ruin horseracing pari-mutuel betting for decades and yet we watched it happen in a presidential election. This was not one or two bad apples. It’s 51 of the motherfuckers. They all lied. I can’t get 51 people to agree on the best pizza topping but the press got 51 of them to sign their names on the record to an actual verifiable lie.
Larry Correia posted a former auditor's impression of the election immediately after results were announced in November 2020. His conclusion was pretty chilling:
I can say without hesitation though, that fuckery is afoot, and if an actual real investigation happens they’ll be able to prove it. Only this is politics, so who knows. The only thing I do know for certain is that this election is so fucked up it is just going to make America’s two halves hate each other even more. [My emphasis - Borepatch]
The United States was never a democracy: it was intentionally set up as a representative Republic. For much of its history it was a plutocracy (government by the rich). We managed to survive those times because growth trickled down to the masses. That hasn't been true this last 50 years, but the rich still use their control of the Organs of the State to keep themselves in the money.
Everyone else? Well if you live in Youngstown Ohio, or Leominster Mass, or Detroit Michigan at least the fentanyl is cheap.
But look at that bit from Larry Correia that I highlighted. We're on that trajectory. It looks something like this:
2008 - John McCain screws up and puts an actual populist on the ticket as his running mate. Sara Palin's winking and sense of humor and unabashed normalcy almost won him the election before the Powers That Be reined her in.
2010 - the Tea Party rallied in their millions, but were polite and picked up their trash when they were done.
2012 - the IRS illegally abused the Tea Party and other conservative groups. We know that they think it was illegal because Lois Lerner (head of the office that did this) pled the Fifth. Of course she has rights, and cannot be compelled to offer incriminating testimony against herself. The fact that she thought that this might happen is enough to convince me that she knew she committed a crime. The Powers That Be got her off. Oh, and the IRS apologized later. After the election, of course, but no blood no foul, amirite?
2016 - Donald Trump shocks the world by beating Hillary Clinton. He was the equivalent of a late entry 80:1 shot at the Kentucky Derby. Quite frankly, he was the only candidate (other than Bernie Sanders) who spoke to those voters in Youngstown and places like that. And suddenly they found their paychecks bought them more than they had a year ago - for the first time in 30 years.
But Trump was brash and said mean stuff, so the Powers That Be did the hoodoo they doo so well in the 2020 election. And here we are with gasoline costing twice what it used to and stores running out of baby formula.
So what is that hypothetical voter in Youngstown going to think? Go back and look at that quote from Larry Correia: it is just going to make America’s two halves hate each other even more.
The American Plutocracy is acting like they think they will never face any consequences. They are acting like they can push anyone around and do anything to anyone at any time. I do not believe that they have thought about what our hypothetical voter in Youngstown wants.
For our hypothetical Youngstown man, he may think that the problem is that Trump wasn't mean enough. And he's very unlikely to be alone in that thought.
God save this Honorable Republic.