More than 1,000 Americans in positions of public trust acted as accomplices in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election result, participating in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th or spreading the “big lie” that the vote count had been rigged. The number was tallied by The Insurrection Index, a database that went live late Wednesday night dedicated to identifying anyone who supported Trump in his bid to hold on to the White House despite losing the election. The Index was the brainchild of Public Wise, a voting rights group whose mission is to fight for government that reflects the will and the rights of voters. Christina Baal-Owens, the group’s executive director, said that the index was conceived as an ongoing campaign designed “to keep insurrectionists out of office” with the hope that the people they identify can be “held accountable for their participation and be prevented from inflicting further damage to the democratic infrastructure of the country”.
The index’s strikingly high number of willing participants to Trump’s deliberate attempts to undermine the American voting process and the very foundations of presidential legitimacy itself shows that his years of constant and repetitive anti-Democratic messaging have been effective across the US. Trump’s hold over certain individuals became so insidious, they were compelled by loyalty into helping him plan the most serious attempt to subvert American democracy since the Civil War. His supporters are now inserting themselves into all levels of government, from Congress and state legislatures down to school boards and other local public bodies.
The individuals recorded on the index who are already in public office include the 147 members of Congress who objected to the certification of the 2020 election result. The list also names many elected officials in state legislatures across the nation, including states like Arizona that were ground zero for Trump’s efforts to steal the election from Joe Biden.
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The project has been set up with legal advice from Marc Elias, one of the most influential election lawyers in the US who was Hillary Clinton’s top counsel in the 2016 presidential campaign and who successfully led Joe Biden’s resistance to Trump’s many lawsuits contesting the 2020 results. Elias told The Guardian that the index was needed “urgently” to avoid history repeating itself in 2024 or beyond.
"Ten months from the 2022 midterm elections, it is up to Senate Democrats to decide whether to advance these pro-democracy laws alone or allow Republicans to use the filibuster as the weapon that murdered democracy."https://t.co/zIPx7RMKGd
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) January 6, 2022