That the Republican party has proven to be a greater threat than Trump — a single individual — bodes poorly for the health of American democracy. — Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College and author of 'Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day'
That the Republican party has proven to be a greater threat than Trump — a single individual — bodes poorly for the health of American democracy. — Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College and author of 'Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day'
The GOP has proven to be an even 'greater threat' to US democracy than Trump in 2021, experts warn
  • Democracy experts are sounding the alarm.
  • Republican-led legislatures nationwide are taking extraordinary steps to restrict voting.
  • "The Republican party has proven to be a greater threat than Trump," one expert told Insider.
By the time Donald Trump left the White House, it was widely agreed upon that he was the most anti-democratic president in modern US history. He exhibited an unparalleled disdain for democratic institutions during his four years in power, and topped it all off by refusing to accept the legitimate results of the 2020 election and provoking a deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. It was unprecedented and the US is still dealing with the consequences.

On his way out the door, Trump was impeached for a second time for inciting the riot. A week later, President Joe Biden was inaugurated, and some scholars of democracy were hopeful that Trump's departure would open the door for the GOP to hit the reset button. But those feelings of optimism didn't last long as Republicans continued to show unwavering loyalty to Trump and his "big lie," and as GOP-led legislatures nationwide pushed for laws to restrict voting in extraordinary ways.

Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College and author of "Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day," told Insider she's become even "more pessimistic" about the future of American democracy in 2021.

"With Trump gone, I hoped the Republican party might recalibrate, moving away from his illiberal, anti-democratic and irrational behavior and embracing a conservative, but firmly reality-based and small 'd' democratic politics," Berman said. "That the Republican party has proven to be a greater threat than Trump — a single individual — bodes poorly for the health of American democracy."
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