The least surprising revelation of this week’s Jan. 6 hearings is that Rudy Giuliani was in the White House on election night in 2020 offering drunken advice to Donald Trump.
We are one or two elections away from potentially losing our democracy for a generation or more. We have the ability to stop that from happening. But only if we all act together.
It should come as no surprise that Republicans in states across the country are already applying Trump’s 2020 blueprint to 2022 and 2024.
A month before the 2020 election, Republican Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tweeted, “Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.”
After months of hearing Republicans cry fraud in parking lots, in legislative chambers and on Fox News, judges are now asking, “where’s the fraud?”
As uncomfortable as it is to discuss, we need to establish before the election the framework for assessing whether an election meets the threshold of free and fair and, more importantly, what we will do if it does not.
While Republicans have made reforming voting rules to disenfranchise voters a priority, fewer Democrats have used their majorities to make voting easier. While there are some exceptions, there is still more to be done everywhere.
That is why the extraordinary letters from members of Congress and Harris County officials are so important. These elected officials made clear that like their constituents, they are not prioritizing the development of legal precedent, but are demanding more litigation to fight for the right to vote.
President Biden said, “This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.” The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act is the law we need at this moment. History will be watching.
On Jan. 6, 2021, armed insurrectionists breached the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the election. If we are to remain a democracy, we must be clear in our words and steadfast in our actions to prevent this in the future.