For members of the alt-right, November 4, 2017, was an incredibly scary date. Months before that Saturday rolled around, there were rumors online that something was going to happen — something bad, something bloody. YouTube videos, talk shows, and forums were filled with dire warnings that on the 4th, left-wing Antifa was going to kick-start a civil war.
The rumors started when a leftist group called Refuse Fascism staged a protest in September, shutting down an L.A. highway while holding signs that read, "NOV 4 IT BEGINS." Granted, that sounds a tad ominous, and it didn't help that Refuse Fascism was associated with an organization called the Revolutionary Communist Party. Of course, Refuse Fascism said it was just going to stage peaceful protests across the country in hopes of getting Donald Trump impeached. But certain conservative groups thought something more violent was underway.
In fact, the internet was buzzing with rumors that this was actually an Antifa revolution. Conspiracy theorists were positive that leftists were going to arm themselves, kill some cops, and execute a bunch of white people. Some even believed Antifa was going to use super soldiers bred specifically for this occasion. Infowars (which has never met a conspiracy theory it didn't like) claimed liberals planned to "overthrow the government," and the John Birch Society cautioned people to keep their kids at home. One fake news site even said the Antifa rebels wanted to "kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner."
But November 4 came and went, and while there were a few protests and counter-protests here and there, the revolution wasn't televised because it never happened.