Survivalists see war, chaos, and hunger on the horizon no matter who wins

People have already begun prepping for the 2016 election aftermath.
(Image credit: iStockphoto)

This election spells the end of the world as we know it, warn America's preppers, the survivalists who build secluded homes and stockpile seeds, canned goods, gold, solar panels, generators, and weapons to sustain and protect their families in the event of a national or global catastrophe.

In a fascinating new profile from Politico, some preppers suspect the election will be stolen from Donald Trump — "Trump will win the popular vote by a landslide, and then the Electoral College will give it to [Hillary] Clinton," one says — but they are hardly consistent Trump loyalists. On the contrary, these rural survivalists predict conflict and suffering no matter which candidate triumphs:

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us