Peaceful Transfer of Power

By Michael Spragins, Stafford County Democratic Committee Issues Committee Chair

Joe Biden has won the Presidency. For that we are thankful. We are now in that “in-between” time when we have elected a new president, but he cannot take office yet and we are seeing the very worst of Donald Trump. From his false claims of electoral fraud and his incompetent legal team to his rage-filled tweets he is showing his true colors as an anti-democratic authoritarian. Does anyone now doubt that, if he could be helped by Republican legislatures in swing states or a compliant court, he would overturn the will of the electorate and install himself as “El Presidente” for another four years or perhaps longer? His war against democracy continues and the Republican Party is complicit.

Outside of a few Republicans who are in charge of the actual electoral processes in some swing states, the vast majority of elected Republicans in Congress and elsewhere are silent in the face of the most coordinated attempt at a coup that the United States has ever seen. This craven and cowardly group led by Mitch McConnell, who for years have been singing the praises of “constitutionalism,” have done more damage to our republic than any foreign actor. They have yet to learn that doing the right thing is always the best policy.

What is even more chilling is that there seems to be a constituency for authoritarianism. More than a few on the right appear to want a charismatic leader who flaunts the law and the popular vote simply to take over and take charge. In fact, Michael Flynn, the now pardoned former general and National Security Advisor, has suggested that Trump declare martial law and have the military run a new election. Others on the President’s side have asked that enemies be beheaded or drawn and quartered or shot. These are not the words of “constitutionalists.”

Republicans who believe in the rule of law should join Democrats to denounce these tactics and help the new administration show the world that we believe in the peaceful transfer of power to a duly elected president.

This is a post by a member of the Stafford County Democratic Committee. This post does not necessarily reflect the views of the Stafford County Democratic Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia, or the Democratic Party of America.

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