The GOP’s devotion to Trump threatens to destroy American democracy

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The ex-President is showing that he doesn’t have to be in the Oval Office to damage faith in US elections and to trash truth, as his movement based on lies and personal homage takes an increasingly firm grip of the Republican Party. The widespread mistrust he continues to foster in the fairness of the US political system among millions of voters poses grave risks to democracy itself.

Trump, using his bond with the conservative grassroots, has effectively made fealty to his false claims of a fraudulent election last year the price of entry for any Republican candidate in any race. Under his influence, one of America’s two great political parties has effectively shed its belief in democracy — a dereliction that is massively significant for the country’s future.

As he seeks personal revenge, Trump is also mobilizing to try to destroy the political viability of any GOP office holders who…

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