Donald Trump admires strongmen. While he insults our traditional allies, he fawns over dictators and autocrats. He wants to be more like them. He wants the power to silence his opponents and critics – his “enemies” – at will, while he enriches himself and his family. He clearly admires Putin’s ability to “get rid” of journalists. He likes it when Lindsay Graham amplifies his musings about a possible third term.
A man like that in the presidency is a danger to our democracy. Yet Trump’s GOP are willing to prop him up and damage the integrity of our elections to insure their own power.
Trump and his GOP know that Russia helped him in the 2016 election. His campaign welcomed Russia’s interference then, and Trump has openly said that he would welcome help offered by any foreign government in 2020. He only reaffirmed it in Osaka, smirking as he told a smiling Putin “Don’t meddle in the election, please”.
Russia will attack our elections in 2020. Domestically, fair and open elections are under attack by dark money, gerrymandering, and voter suppression. Mitch McConnell has blocked every bill aimed at securing our elections.
Call your MOC. They must act now to safeguard elections and democracy.