Donald Trump is devoting all his waning presidential power to discrediting the Democratic victories in Georgia for a resilient system—and exhorting throngs of loyalists, deluded by his incessant but baseless claims of voting fraud, to join in the sedition.
Republicans in Congress, the preferred voices of almost exactly half of a riven nation, must make one of the most consequential choices of a fractious time: upholding constitutional democracy or declaring the American electoral system a sham.
The drumbeat of assertions by Trump—and the decisions of top Republicans across the country to not contest, let alone contradict, him—are shaping perceptions about the sanctity of electoral democracy.
But the nearly total GOP appeasement of Trump’s behavior is showing signs of cracking.
House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a democracy reform plan, focused on a rebalancing of power to bolster Congress at the expense of the presidency, signaling it will be an early priority if their party wins control of both the White House and the entire Capitol this fall.