Republicans Have Decided Democracy Is Not Good for Them
From Michigan to North Carolina, GOP legislators are proving they care more about clinging to power than the will of the voters.
If Donald Trump’s rise has taught Americans anything, it’s that our system of government is not etched in stone, that the rules politicians habitually play by are not really rules at all. Trump’s political career took shape when he spread the racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States. He spent his campaign promising to prosecute his opponent. And after he won, he made repeated, nonsensical claims of voter fraud. Meanwhile, allegations that his campaign corroborated with Russian intelligence to help swing the election have dogged Trump since his election and Republicans have refused to pass legislation that would stop the president from firing Robert Mueller, who is investigating those allegations. There’s also widespread speculation that Trump will use his pardon power to protect wrongdoers close to him, as he’s already pardoned people for seemingly no other reason than their loyalty to him.