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What we saw on January 6 was the ideological descendants of the Confederacy lashing out as people of color gain more power. Trumpism is the new Lost Cause.
No US President has attempted to overthrow democracy and assault the peaceful transition of power. Trump is more akin to history's failed dictators.
The Constitution leaves a lot up to the character of the president. More norms should be laws, the electoral college should be reformed, and there must be better mechanisms for accountability.
The GOP has long adopted a strategy of undermining the electoral process. Post-Trump, opposition to a thriving democracy is their core platform.
While President Trump's court challenges and voter fraud lies fall apart, he's increasingly defiant. His behavior parallels failing regimes.
Conspiracy theories like QAnon have spread like wildfire throughout the American right, and President Trump is fueling those false fires.
President Trump is laying the groundwork for a drawn-out contestation of the election and won't commit to a peaceful transition of power. This will spark unrest.
President Trump and the GOP's attacks on mail-in voting, erosion of the USPS, and voter suppression tactics echo other authoritarian power grabs in history.
With the US facing widespread polarization and divisiveness, and President Trump's rhetoric growing increasingly violent, the question must be asked.
After Trump's authoritarian response to the George Floyd protests, the question of how he will react to losing re-election is increasingly important.