The world could witness not only the death struggles of the Trump presidency, but also US democracy

The great virtue of democracy is not that it guarantees the best possible ruler, but that it enables the bloodless removal of a bad ruler, as the Anglo-Austrian philosopher Karl Popper said Donald Trump’s denying contortions are an attempt to prevent that democracy brings its ultimate benefit

Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, witnessed the invasion of the American parliament and did not hesitate to name the main culprit: “Today’s violent attack on our Capitol, an attempt to subdue American democracy through mob rule, was made Fueled by Mr. Trump “And he’s right

Trump has the potential to do far worse in the last fourteen days of his presidency. “Chaos is his friend,” his former National Security Advisor John Bolton told me before the last chaos, “as has happened many times in his life and in business and he hopes to be able to fall back on it”

As incomprehensible as Trump’s behavior has been, he could still wreak havoc if he activates armed extremists such as the violent far-right Proud Boys whom he is known to have told to “stand by and stand by”

Though overshadowed by the scenes at the Capitol, pro-Trump groups emerged in many American state capitals to support his fantasy that “we won on a landslide” Almost everyone was peaceful

But in Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona, and Washington, some protesters carried guns as they demonstrated in front of state parliaments.They weren’t appalled at the news that the Trump mob had violently violated the Washington DC Capitol building.They cheered and were excited , encourages

Trump’s fanatics are ready to sow much more violent chaos, waiting for their hero’s signal. But whatever Trump tries, ugly as it may be, he is sure to fail

Ultimately, power will be transferred to a new president. A critical mass of responsible officials and political leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence, are constitutionally acting to ensure this

It is not a mob takeover of the US Capitol, which is the worst sign of US democracy’s survival, nor Trump’s appalling effort to initiate a people’s coup

The worst omen was the behavior of the people who were fully entitled to occupy the seats in the US Congress, especially the members of the US House of Representatives and especially the Republicans

Even after they were forced to hide when the mob broke into their apartments, even after the violent chaos forced them to give up formalizing the election result, even after seeing the fragility of order in Parliament itself was not disillusioned

A majority of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reject the results of the presidential election in the states where Trump lost, with a vote of 121-83 among Republican members, for example in the case of the Arizona- Result Your efforts failed, overwhelmed by democratic votes in the event

These Republican denialists are the people Jim Mattis referred to as Trump’s enablers – “pseudo-political leaders whose names will live in shame as profiles in cowardice” He is certainly right. You put your tribe before your nation, your immediate political career before democracy

In their book How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write: “While mass responses to extremist appeals are important, it is more important whether political elites, and parties in particular, act as filters. Put simply, political parties are the goalkeepers of democracy “

Even after experiencing firsthand the fragility of America’s democratic order, these Republicans voted for a coup, Trump will ultimately be gone; The deep divisions and anti-democratic drives that made his rise possible will continue

A new president is not enough Democracy is a mindset; Americans are losing it The deepening bitterness expressed in economic, racial, and cultural wars is the acid that devours US democracy

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Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

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