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Jonathan Bernstein

Protecting U.S. Democracy Will Take More Than Laws

Five principles for organizing the opposition to Trump-inspired election subversion in 2024 and afterward.

Too much to ask?

Too much to ask?

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

As the Senate prepares to consider voting rights legislation and a special House committee opens its hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, friends of U.S. democracy should be thinking hard about what they will do to fight for it.

The Constitution and its republican form of government — democracy, that is — really are under threat. And the threat comes from former President Donald Trump and his allies. Not from all Republicans, but from Republicans.