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LETTER: Donald Trump, supporters continue to threaten our fragile democracy

On Nov. 3, 2020, Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in a fair, transparent and fraud-free election. End of discussion — or so most Americans thought.

But Mr. Trump did everything he could to deny and overturn the results by calling for recounts, audits and lawsuits, all of which were to no avail. He incited a riot which led to a mob invading the Capitol, attacking police officers with American flags and calling for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence. All this was done in the vain attempt to prevent Congress from doing its constitutional duty of certifying the Electoral College vote.

Even now, this failed former president continues to lie and complain about the election. He is destroying Americans’ faith in our democracy and in the integrity of our elections.

Meanwhile, around the country, states have passed or are considering laws that will not only make it extremely difficult for eligible citizens to vote but will also allow state officials to overturn election results they don’t like. This is not what has made our country the great democracy it is. This is how democracy unravels and disappears. If we do not stand up and speak out loudly and clearly, we will lose what we love and be on our way to an authoritarian state.