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Trump’s Failed Putsch

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Add to Bookmarks Amid chaotic scenes at the US Capitol on January 6, senior Republicans, in a belated attempt to salvage their reputations, distanced themselves from President Donald Trump’s persistent refusal to accept the result of the presidential election and commit to a peaceful transfer of power. But the raging, conspiracy-mongering hysteria of Trump loyalists, and the fact that more than 74 million Americans voted for him in 2020, raise grave questions about the state of US society, and whether Trumpism is really a spent political force. In this Big Picture, The New School’s Nina L. Khrushcheva sees

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Amid chaotic scenes at the US Capitol on January 6, senior Republicans, in a belated attempt to salvage their reputations, distanced themselves from President Donald Trump’s persistent refusal to accept the result of the presidential election and commit to a peaceful transfer of power. But the raging, conspiracy-mongering hysteria of Trump loyalists, and the fact that more than 74 million Americans voted for him in 2020, raise grave questions about the state of US society, and whether Trumpism is really a spent political force.

In this Big Picture, The New School’s Nina L. Khrushcheva sees the failed Trump putsch and profaning of the Capitol as a direct and predictable result of four years of presidential contempt for America’s laws and Constitution. And Princeton’s Jan-Werner Mueller calls for Trump to be impeached, removed from office, and banned...

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