In the United States, unrest between Democrats and Republicans is increasing against the background of statements by the former leader of the country, Donald Trump, about the presidential race held in 2020 and his participation in the 2024 elections, as well as accusations of the current head of state, Joe Biden, of stealing votes. In the current situation, American experts are afraid of undermining the presidential elections in 2024, they told about their fears in an interview with The Guardian.
It is noted that in recent years, experts have recorded increasing manifestations of anti-democratic politics, characterized by attempts to suppress the rights of voters. In particular, in the first six months of this year alone, at least 30 new laws were passed in 18 states that make it difficult for Americans to vote. However, now the threats to democracy, according to experts, should include the likely undermining of elections.
At the same time, The Guardian’s interlocutors note both the possible undermining of the electoral process in 2024 and the danger of recognizing the election results in 2020 as invalid. “The biggest concern I have now is the possibility of undermining the elections. I never thought I would worry about this probability in the United States,” said legal scholar Rick Hasen.
All the interlocutors, among whom there are leading experts and experts in the field of electoral law, fear that the words of the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate of Congress, Mitch McConnell, will come true, who 11 months ago said that the revision of the results of the American presidential elections in 2021 by the U.S. Congress threatens irreparable damage to the country and that “democracy will move in a downward deadly spiral.”
“In 2020, Donald Trump put enormous pressure on the fabric of democracy, on the country. In 2024, the tension of this fabric may lead to its rupture,” said Ben Ginsberg, a leading election lawyer who represented four of the last six Republican presidential candidates.
The publication notes that machinations are unfolding throughout the United States at all levels of government, from local polling stations, districts and states to the national level and Congress, “the stage is being prepared for a performance that in 2024 could turn last year’s unprecedented attack on American democracy into a dress rehearsal.”
Ned Foley, a professor of constitutional law at Ohio State University, believes that the policy of former U.S. President Donald Trump contributes to this. The expert believes that Trump is using the tactics of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy, who in the 1950s adhered to the anti-communist ideology of the “red threat,” according to which the 1917 revolution in Russia could entail the threat of the onset of world communism due to its repetition in other countries. The professor stressed that this is why the current moment is unique in American history.