Can American Democracy Survive Trump’s Republican Party?

Can American Democracy Survive Trump’s Republican Party?
Trump supporters at a rally near the White House, prior to the storming of the Capitol, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021 (AP photo by John Minchillo).

The shocking visuals of last week’s mob assault on the U.S. Capitol building, incited by President Donald Trump, stunned viewers around the world. But the more insidious assault on American democracy has been led by the faction of the Republican Party that perpetuated Trump’s lies about election fraud, voted against the certification Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress and duped millions of Americans. In my recent study of democratic erosion around the world, my co-author, Murat Somer, and I identified a common template for the gradual undermining of democratic institutions: A polarizing leader attempts to consolidate power by changing enough […]

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