Rachel Maddow says Trump’s attack on the National Archives is a kind of thing that drives people out of public service and stifles democracy.
#Maddow “The threat of political violence takes ordinary people out of public life, and that puts you on a very fast track to the end of democracy on a very practical level.” pic.twitter.com/d2MDjxd72W
— Sarah Rees-Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 30, 2022
In this right-wing political environment, they can obviously have a deadly effect on the National Archives or the FBI, the school board, the librarian, the teacher, the doctor, the county public health board, or the little old lady working at the polls on Election Day. anger.
No one will be threatened, harassed, harassed, thrown out of public service. Democracy is difficult to maintain on a practical level alone. It is difficult to maintain democracy when all forms of public service, large and small, all work in our democratic public life are accompanied by the threat of violence.
You cannot hold free and fair elections for long when poll workers need courage. It doesn’t take courage to be a poll worker or an archivist or an immunologist in an archive. The threat of political violence takes ordinary people out of public life. This puts you on a fast track to the end of democracy on a very practical level.
As with almost everything Trump does, the long-term consequences of his selfish attacks have lingering effects on democracy and institutions. Thanks to Donald Trump, some Americans would consider the National Archives somewhat evil and untrustworthy.
The people who work at the National Archives are civil servants who serve as presidential historians. The National Archives is not the villain in the story.
Donald Trump has broken the law, and to avoid responsibility for his actions, the former president has launched an attack that, even if successful, would undermine his supporters’ confidence in the civil service and democracy.
Mr. Easley is the editor-in-chief. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Center and PolitcusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work has focused on public policy, with a focus on social reform movements.
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