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As a procedural certification has become a coup attempt, Trump and his allies have done lasting harm

Democracy in the US teeters on the edge of a figurative sword. On Wednesday, the US Congress will convene to formally receive the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Unfortunately, Donald Trump and his allies have converted a legal formality into a blatant coup attempt.

The ex-reality television host is like none who have come before him. Presidents Hoover, Carter and Bush Sr all suffered rejection at the ballot box after just one term. However painful, they accepted the electorate’s verdict. In the end, personal pride took a backseat to the orderly transition of power. The nation had spoken.

As for the legal or factual merit of their gambit, there is none

Although the odds of their efforts succeeding remain exceedingly low, the US political system has already sustained damage

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