The Coming Crisis of Legitimacy Reply

By Yascha Mounk

The Atlantic

In normal times, it would seem outlandish to worry that an American president might refuse to concede defeat upon losing his bid for reelection. This year it is not. Even though he won in 2016, Donald Trump falsely claimed that he was the victim of voter fraud. And when he sat down for an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace this July, he said: “I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election. I really do.”

Visibly alarmed, Wallace asked whether Trump would accept the outcome of the election if he should lose.

“I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no. And I didn’t last time either,” Trump responded.

The prospect that Trump will lose but try to remain in office has spooked analysts. The question on their mind is how many Americans would go along with such a blatant attack on democratic institutions.

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