For the first time, a former president is facing criminal charges for a wide-ranging conspiracy to thwart American democracy. In painstaking detail, the indictment recounts Trump’s scheme “to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election by using knowingly false claims of election fraud.” Regardless of how the case proceeds, one thing is already clear: the attacks on our democracy did not end on January 6, 2021.
The January 6 hearings are proving that legislation is necessary to protect our democratic system and stop future attacks. A direct through line exists between 2020 election denial, the election sabotage scheme behind the insurrection and ongoing efforts to thwart the democratic process.
The Big Lie that incited the insurrection continues to reverberate across the country, driving bids to undermine voting rights, interfere with electoral processes and attack impartial election administrators.