Writer Barton Gellman Warns ‘Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun’

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Insurrectionists gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

In his new article for The Atlantic, “Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun,” staff writer Barton Gellman looks at efforts to subvert democracy and upcoming elections, warning that government officials will be making  "a grievous mistake"if they don’t take these threats more seriously. Gellman calls the January 6 insurrection a “practice” for future, more effective, efforts by Trump and the GOP to overturn an election. Last month a European think tank added the U.S. to its list of "backsliding" democracies for the first time. Their report highlighted that “a historic turning point came in 2020-21 when former president Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election results in the United States.” We'll talk to Gellman about the state of U.S. democracy and what it could mean for the 2024 presidential election.

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Barton Gellman, staff writer, The Atlantic; author, "Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State"