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CNN’s Harwood: Republican Voters Have Been Radicalized Against Democracy

Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 election worked much different than other years. And due to the high volume of mail-in ballots, it at one point appeared as if Donald Trump might win. But at the end of they day, the election wasn’t all that close with Biden winning by over 7 million votes.

TOPSHOT – Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump, however, used that “red mirage” to spread lies about the results of the election. And his supporters believed them. It has gone so far, says John Harwood, that a “critical mass” of Republican voters have been radicalized against Democracy.

Harwood made the comments during a Thursday appearance on CNN’s New Day. While discussing the impeachment trial, he told John Berman, “The reality is, the outcome of this trial does not depend on the quality of the prosecution by the House managers or the quality of defense by the Trump team. And the reason for that is that a critical mass of the Republican Party has been radicalized.”

The CNN analyst continued:

“They’ve been radicalized by the existential dread that a different set of people, a different set of economic circumstances or changing the country culturally, economically, to the detriment of people who have been in charge in the past. They’re willing to defend their place through the Republican Party by anti-democratic means. That’s why you had a Republican president inspiring this insurrection. That’s why the Republican Party seeks to limit the right to vote.”



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