Elected Republican leaders have had numerous opportunities to repudiate Trump and his 'Stop the Steal' crusade, which led to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Each time, they have sidestepped the truth and enabled the lie to spread. — Over 100 scholars of democracy
Elected Republican leaders have had numerous opportunities to repudiate Trump and his 'Stop the Steal' crusade, which led to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Each time, they have sidestepped the truth and enabled the lie to spread. — Over 100 scholars of democracy
Republicans are putting America's democracy in mortal danger, more than 100 scholars warn
  • Over 100 democracy scholars warned the GOP is putting US democracy in mortal danger.
  • The scholars excoriated Republicans for rejecting the 2020 election results.
  • They also ripped into GOP-led efforts across the country to restrict voting access.
Republican efforts to restrict voting across the US are posing an existential threat to democracy in the US, over 100 scholars of democracy warned in a new statement released by the New America think tank on Tuesday.

"We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the recent deterioration of US elections and liberal democracy with growing alarm," the statement said. "Specifically, we have watched with deep concern as Republican-led state legislatures across the country have in recent months proposed or implemented what we consider radical changes to core electoral procedures in response to unproven and intentionally destructive allegations of a stolen election."

The scholars said that the GOP-led initiatives "are transforming several states into political systems that no longer meet the minimum conditions for free and fair elections."

"Our entire democracy is now at risk," the scholars warned. "History will judge what we do at this moment."

The professors, deans, and other scholars who signed the statement come from a range of universities across the US, including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Stanford, and more.


Over the past several years and particularly since the fatal insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, top scholars have repeatedly stated that the GOP has morphed into a fundamentally anti-democratic party determined to win elections by any means.

Republican efforts to whitewash the events of January 6 and shield former President Donald Trump from blame for the riot have increased alarm in this regard. Trump provoked the deadly insurrection and was impeached as a result, but Republican leaders have continued to kowtow to the former president.

"Elected Republican leaders have had numerous opportunities to repudiate Trump and his 'Stop the Steal' crusade, which led to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6," the scholars said in the new statement. "Each time, they have sidestepped the truth and enabled the lie to spread."

... The democracy scholars in the new statement on Tuesday condemned Republicans for rejecting the 2020 election results and for continuing to push for anti-democratic laws.

"These actions call into question whether the United States will remain a democracy," they said, referring to these recent actions as "a betrayal of our precious democratic heritage."


The scholars urged Congress to suspend the filibuster — and do whatever else is necessary — to pass national voting and election administration standards that would guarantee "the vote to all Americans equally, and prevent state legislatures from manipulating the rules in order to manufacture the result they want."
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