Background Briefing: July 30, 2020
On the Day John Lewis is Buried, Trump Attacks Voting Rights To Delay the Election
We begin with the stark contrast today with Trump tweeting out a fabricated attack on mail-in ballots calling for a delay in the election while former Democratic and Republican presidents eulogized the hero of civil rights and voting rights Congressman John Lewis, with President Obama urging the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act pointing out that “John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth to fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best in America that we’re seeing circulate right now.” Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security, joins us. Having worked on bringing democracy and the rule of law to fragile states, she is now turning her attention to the transition after the November election where with today’s tweet, Trump is clearly signaling to his base that the vote will be rigged and that he will not accept the results which he has already made clear. We assess whether since we have norms in our transition, not laws, and Trump does not obey the law, that this impasse expected by many former government and military officials, will end up with violence in the streets.
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