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Authoritarians claim victory in elections they haven't won and seek to exploit the powers of the state to stay in power, democratic leaders do not. — Business Insider
Trump is proving himself to be the most anti-democratic president in modern US history
  • President Donald Trump has challenged America's democracy throughout his presidency, and he's taking this to new conspiratorial heights as votes are still being counted in the 2020 election.
  • Trump falsely declared victory in the 2020 election and called for votes to stop being counted. He also declared that votes arriving after Election Day "WILL NOT BE COUNTED," which is false; vote counting is also a process the president has no authority over.
  • When leaders in other countries have behaved the way Trump is right now, the Trump administration has condemned their behavior and called on them to step down.
No president in modern US history has exhibited more disdain for the democratic process or disseminated more disinformation during an election cycle that Donald Trump.

... Authoritarians claim victory in elections they haven't won and seek to exploit the powers of the state to stay in power, democratic leaders do not.

... What Trump is doing is akin to an NFL team that's losing in the Super Bowl calling for the game to stop with a quarter remaining while accusing their opponent of cheating when they've clearly just been outplayed. To put it another way, the president is throwing an electoral temper-tantrum because he's losing.

... The president has essentially suggested that any result that is not in his favor is fraudulent.

... The country, battered by a pandemic that's killed more than 234,000 Americans under Trump's watch, is seemingly more divided than it's been at almost any point since the Civil War. Trump is stoking the tension in dangerous ways, with potentially irrevocable consequences.