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President Trump could damage the fabric of democracy in the U.S., according to experts

  • According to experts, President Trump's unrepentant efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 Election could potentially damage the fabric of the nation's democracy and set a dangerous political precedent, even if the strategy is unlikely to succeed.
Updated 13 Nov 2020

According to experts, President Trump's unrepentant efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 Election could potentially damage the fabric of the nation's democracy and set a dangerous political precedent, even if the strategy is unlikely to succeed.

According to Professor Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University who controversially predicted President Trump's ascension to the White House in 2016, "what we have witnessed since the election is the worst moment in presidential history", adding that "no losing president - indeed no losing candidate - has so falsely and dangerously undermined the integrity of our democracy and our elections".

President Trump has maintained a steady stance in the aftermath of the Presidential Elections, blaming voter fraud through a strategically positioned campaign against mail-in votes for his unceremonious electoral loss. While any substantive evidence to support the President's claims have yet to emerge, misinformation has played a disturbingly large part in the dissemination of alleged claims of voter fraud, which in turn inflamed President Trump's largely conservative voter demographic.

According to the New York Times, which contacted election officials in every single state, "none reported any major voting issues", and the fact that most Republicans have not vigorously backed the President's dangerous stance, gives a clear indication of where this political crisis is going.

President Trump has yet to concede, as his rabid political supporters in the White House, State Department and Pentagon have refused to allow President-elect Biden to begin the transitional process; which could lead to a long-lasting stalemate that may not end in victory for President Trump, but could likely set a dangerous precedent for the elections to come.