In a brief but sobering editorial published on Tuesday evening, The Washington Post‘s Editorial Board wrote that former President Donald Trump’s death grip on the Republican Party may be pushing the United States toward authoritarianism.
“Many Republicans want the nation to ignore and forget President Donald Trump’s poisonous final months in office — the most dangerous moment in modern presidential history, orchestrated by the man to whom the GOP still swears allegiance,” the editorial begins. “Yet the country must not forget how close it came to a full-blown constitutional crisis, or worse. Tuesday brought another reminder that, but for the principled resistance of some key officials, the consequences could have been disastrous.”
The issue at the forefront of the Board’s argument was this week’s damning document dump by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that showed the lengths to which Trump and his henchmen went to strong-arm the Department of Justice into investigating their “big lie” that the 2020 election was rife with fraud – and how eagerly the GOP has been to play along.
“Republicans committed to the ‘big lie’ are gunning to replace others, including those with vote-counting responsibilities. If Mr. Trump or another candidate again presses false fraud claims, many Republican officials may find it more difficult to resist the pressure to back the lie — or, indeed, may eagerly participate in advancing it,” the op-ed states.
The Board’s chief concern is that if Trump or a similar wannabe dictator with no regard for truth or respect for democracy runs for president in 2024, Republicans will choose to shred the Constitution rather than find a way out of the quagmire of corruption into which they have entrenched themselves and their voters.
“Given Mr. Trump’s reckless actions after losing the 2020 vote, and the violence they spurred, the newly released emails are unsurprising,” the Board said in reference to the Trump-led January 6th insurrection at the Capitol.
“But consider that fact for a moment: It is unsurprising that the president of the United States leaned on the Justice Department to help him try to steal an election. The country cannot forget that Mr. Trump betrayed his oath, that most Republican officeholders remain loyal to him nonetheless — and that it could be worse next time,” it concluded.
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