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How Trump Will Undermine Biden and American Democracy for Years to Come

Everything Trump has done since Election Day suggests the four-year nightmare may ease, but it won’t end.

Fears that the election would be hacked or marred by violence did not materialize, but what has happened since Election Day has in many ways exceeded our worries. President Donald Trump, who lost by a wide margin, refuses to accept the results and has launched a campaign to undermine the credibility of America’s democracy and the legitimacy of President-Elect Joe Biden.

Everything Trump has done in the past week suggests that he will remain a threat to American democracy, undermining Biden at every turn. By stoking his base, telling them he and they have been robbed, he will seek to maintain control of a large segment of the Republican Party. That will allow him to pressure Republican officials who might consider responding positively to Biden’s efforts to forge bipartisanship to tackle the country’s grave crises. Trump will aim to maintain his stranglehold on the party he molded to his wishes, potentially undercutting Biden at every turn.

There’s nothing wrong with demanding that the election results be scrutinized. Legal challenges to vote tallies are frequent. But that’s not what Trump is doing. The President is promoting and amplifying a wild barrage of conspiracy theories to discredit the election, while filing multiple lawsuits backed by scant evidence. He’s blocking Biden from having access to the resources the country normally makes available for the massive, important, transition process, and he is keeping Biden from receiving vital national security information as he prepares to become president.

At the same time, Trump has launched a purge of key government figures, firing the Secretary of Defense along with other top officials at the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.

The question of whether there was a coup in progress crackled across the country for the first time in living memory. Scholars debated in top newspapers, and social media observers discussed it anxiously. Some wondered if Trump planned to use the military to stay in power.

Incredibly, the country’s top military man found it necessary to quell the fears. In a speech on Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chief of staff said words that were shocking merely for having to be said.

«We do not take an oath to a king or a queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual”

Listen to his stern tone; look at his demeanor:




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