President Donald Trump continues to deny the results of last week’s elections and has repeatedly promised that he will emerge victorious after recounts and legal challenges, most experts believe will not reverse his defeat.
It is reported that the president, like many of his influential aides and GOP allies, has privately accepted his defeat, but continues to undermine the transition regardless.
President-elect Joe Biden is being denied access to the funds and resources normally granted to the new president, which experts believe could undermine his future administration and the country.
Observers, human rights groups and historians have all warned that Trump’s refusal to publicly accept defeat is damaging to America’s political system and the country’s role as a global beacon of democracy, something that successive governments have worked to achieve.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said Trump’s “human rights violations at home undermine the U.S. voice on rights abroad.
Roth noted a State Department statement released this week condemning Myanmar’s oppression of Rohingya Muslims, but said it was released “after Trump used voter oppression to disenfranchise perceived opponents in the US.
In his summary of the US findings, Human Rights Watch said that the president had made “unsubstantiated claims” that were “reckless.” Roth said: “There is a big difference between legitimate legal challenges aimed at protecting the right to vote and efforts to disenfranchise voters who support your opponent. You strengthen democracy. The other tries to undermine it.
Historians have described the president’s behavior as an unprecedented threat to American democracy. Timothy Snyder, the Levin professor of history at Yale University, has posted a Twitter thread accusing the Trump administration of wanting to stay in power.
“Democracy is destroyed from within rather than from without,” he wrote on Wednesday. “What Donald Trump is trying to do has a name: coup d’état. As badly organized as it may seem, it is not doomed to failure. It must be made to fail.”
“American exceptionalism prevents us from recognizing fundamental truths,” Snyder warned. “Convincing voters that the other side has cheated sets in motion a downward spiral. Your voters will expect you to cheat next time. Take responsibility, Republicans.”
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss told the New York Times this week: “We have never seen in history a president who has lost re-election, who refuses to admit defeat and take measures that threaten the abuse of presidential power to keep himself in office… Here Donald Trump finds himself once again in a historical category of his own – and this time it is ominous for democracy.
Resolved also told TV presenter Mehdi Hasan: “We are in a crisis for democracy at this time” and added that it is time for Americans to “sleep with their eyes open”.
Michael Abramowitz, president of the non-profit organization Freedom House, which monitors democracy around the world, told The Times that Trump’s behavior “resembles more the tactics of the authoritarian leaders we follow.
“I could never have imagined seeing anything like this in America,” Abramowitz added. “By convincing a large section of the population that there was widespread fraud, he is sowing a myth that could last for years and contribute to an erosion of public confidence in our electoral system.
Presidential historian Allan Lichtman told Deutsche Welle that Trump’s challenges to the outcome were “reckless and perishable. He added: “We have witnessed the worst moments in presidential history since this election.
“Never in the entire range of presidential elections – back to the 18th century – has an inferior president or an inferior candidate so unfoundedly and falsely undermined the integrity of our democracy,” Lichtman said.
Biden’s transition team is turning its attention to governance, although the president and key officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, claim that there will be a second trump card administration.
The cornerstone of Biden’s campaign was that