Trump’s call is still a crime, even if he believes his own fraud fantasies
Whether criminal charges are ultimately brought against him for it will be within the discretion of federal and state prosecutors. Regardless, the ramifications of this call are far greater than whether the president is brought to justice for his attempted crimes against democracy. In America, our leaders exercise the power to govern through the consent of the governed. In the past, America was viewed as a beacon of democracy, not a country that polluted its own free and fair elections with reckless toxicity. If we want to maintain credibility in American efforts to promote democracy abroad, our leaders must reject the poisoning of democracy at home.
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