The media has a duty to report that a political party openly endorses the use of violence to overturn the election
If people follow the news avidly, they’re probably picking up a lot of insignificant events. But did they also hear former President Trump admit that he intended to have Mike Pence overturn the 2020 election?
In a statement, Trump claimed that Pence had the power to “change the outcome” and indeed should have “cancelled the election.”
Did they hear that the Trump administration actually drafted orders for federal law enforcement to seize the voting machines before his loss could be certified?
That’s right — Trump personally called Rudy Giuliani to see if the Departments of Justice or Homeland Security could seize the machines before votes could be counted in major swing states. A draft executive order to do just that has been published in full by Politico. He is named after Trump.
Or what about, after years of skimming Hillary Clinton’s emails, have they heard that Trump himself had illegally deleted or destroyed thousands of official documents?
It’s true — Trump personally took at least 15 boxes of material with him to Mar-a-Lago, while at least three of his former employees said Trump tore up documents right in front of them. The national archivists have recovered as many as they could, but they literally have to put the destroyed documents back together.
And, did they hear somewhere that one of America’s two major political parties just endorsed the January 6 coup attempt? It’s also true.
People may remember Jan. 6 for the rioters who destroyed public property, violently assaulted police officers, built a gallows outside the Capitol and chanted for the execution of elected officials. At least seven people died in connection with the attack, while hundreds of rioters now face federal charges.
But in a recent statement, the Republican National Committee called the despicable acts “legitimate political speech” and formally condemned Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), the only two Republicans in the House. helping to investigate the attack. .
For good measure, Trump has also personally promised to pardon the Jan. 6 rioters if re-elected, something two-thirds of Americans say they oppose.
Each of these stories broke in late January or early February of this year. All were diligently reported by committed journalists. Yet in the wider media, none of them — let alone the bigger story they tell together — have enjoyed the lifetime of another culture war story about Neil Young’s fight. with Spotify about an irresponsible podcaster.
So it’s sadly no surprise that the majority of Republicans say they believe the ridiculous lie that the 2020 election was stolen, something even GOP-led investigations haven’t found a shred of evidence of. And an alarming 40% of Republicans now say violence against the government is justified.
It is extremely dangerous that the GOP is now officially sanctioning a violent coup attempt, a likely 2024 GOP nominee is openly pledging to nullify the election and destroy evidence, and a worrying minority of party loyalists appear ready. to condone violence to do so.
Meanwhile, even Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence, who have spoken out against recent RNC action, have shown themselves to be perfectly comfortable with the voter suppression laws the party is pushing across the country in service of the same lies.
We live in interesting times — there’s always news to cover. But these threats to our democracy must be kept in mind all year round, and every politician must be repeatedly asked about them. Voters deserve to know about this crisis and where their leaders stand on it.
In a market economy where ratings dictate content, it is the public’s responsibility to tell their favorite news outlets that they appreciate democracy. And in order to protect that freedom and the foundation of our nation, news stories that reveal how corrupt interests are trying to destroy it should stay in the headlines.