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The Long-Term Damage of Trump's Antidemocratic Lies; by John Cassidy

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Political scientists caution that, though a coup by the outgoing President is unlikely, Trump’s actions are causing dangerous democratic erosion.  Ultimately, Trump’s fake history could prove more insidious and lasting than an actual coup attempt.Trump is  setting a precedent, and a very bad one. Until this year, it would have been unthinkable for a sitting U.S. President to refuse to concede after being clearly defeated in an election. In the country’s two-hundred-and-forty-three-year history, such a thing has never happened. Now that it has, what will transpire if some future election is considerably closer? “We could have leaders with authoritarian inclinations who are more competent than Trump!”

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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