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As predicted by many observers, especially towards the end of his time in office, Trump and his team developed plans to ensure he stayed in office regardless of the outcome of the [[Election/2020/US/president|2020 election]], which he ultimately lost to [[Joe Biden]].
 
As predicted by many observers, especially towards the end of his time in office, Trump and his team developed plans to ensure he stayed in office regardless of the outcome of the [[Election/2020/US/president|2020 election]], which he ultimately lost to [[Joe Biden]].
  
The most visible result of these plans so far has been the [[January 6 insurrection]]. This attempt to take over the US Capitol building by force, disrupt the legitimate electoral process and have Trump declared the winner of the election even though he clearly lost, and possibly kill or injure members of Congress who opposed Trump remaining in power ([[Nancy Pelosi]] and [[Mike Pence]] were specifically targeted). Although this attempt failed, it would appear to have been no more than a practice run and part of the general plan to encourage distrust of the electoral process amongst Trump's support base.
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The most visible of these efforts was the [[January 6 insurrection]] – an attempt to take over the US Capitol building by force, disrupt the legitimate electoral process and have Trump declared the winner of the election even though he clearly lost, and possibly kill or injure members of Congress who opposed Trump remaining in power ([[Nancy Pelosi]] and [[Mike Pence]] were specifically targeted). Although this attempt failed, it should be understood as part of [[Trumpist coup maneuvers|a larger effort]] by followers of [[Trumpism]] to disable the democratic process in the US and replace it with a more authoritarian system.
 
 
More dangerously, the Trumpists are now working hard to put obedient supporters into key positions within the electoral system where they can dishonestly claim Trumpist candidates won even when they did not. Using false claims of rampant [[voter fraud]] and that the 2020 election was stolen as justification, they have also pushed for draconian changes to state election laws giving them more and direct control over the process. A great deal now hangs on how far they can get with this by the time of the [[Election/2022/US/|2022 midterm elections]].
 
 
 
The Trumpist plans are also completely in sync with the longstanding Republican strategy of disempowering voters unlikely to support them, through various [[vote suppression]] methods including restricting poll access, voter intimidation, voter ID requirements, and [[gerrymandering]].
 
 
==Key Events==
 
==Key Events==
* '''2021/03/25-''' [[US/GA/2021 county election board purge]]
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* '''2021/01/06''' [[January 6 insurrection]]
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* '''2020.11.05''' Trump tweets "STOP THE COUNT!" in an effort to feed the "stolen election" narrative.
* '''2021/01/05''' [[Trump self-coup strategy document]] circulated by [[Mark Meadows]]
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** (2022.11.05) ''Vox'': [https://www.vox.com/2020/11/5/21550880/trump-tweet-stop-the-count-votes-presidential-election Trump's desperate "STOP THE COUNT!" tweet, briefly explained] {{fmt/quote|Trump’s real position, of course, is that only votes cast for him should be counted. His followers are on the same page, and that’s why groups of them chanted “Stop the vote!” outside government buildings in Michigan — a state where Trump led during the early part of the count on Tuesday evening, only to be surpassed by Biden as more ballots were tallied on Wednesday — while others chanted “Count the vote!” in Arizona, where Trump is trailing.}}
* '''2021/01/02''' Trump phones Georgia Secretary of State [[Brad Raffensperger]], urging him to illegally "find votes" sufficient to declare Biden the loser (which he wasn't). Raffensperger declines to act on this request.
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* '''2020.12.14''' Republicans file fake elector documents in several states in an attempt to incorrectly have those states vote for Trump instead of Biden; this plan appears to have originated with [[Rudy Guiliani]], with assistance from [[Mark Meadows]].
** '''2021/01/03'''
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** (2022.05.17) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/5/17/2098551/--Repugnant-Trump-electors-in-Wisconsin-sued-the-Big-Lie-s-spread-to-the-State-Department Bunk electors for Trump sued; State had sit-down on Jan. 6 with Trump activists] {{fmt/quote|So-called alternate electors in Wisconsin for former President Donald Trump have been slapped with a lawsuit demanding $2.4 million in damages as two legitimate electors for the state now allege the Trump activists were part of a destructive civil conspiracy that “laid the groundwork” for the violence of Jan. 6. / The hefty sum is not the only prize the plaintiffs, Khary Penebaker, Mary Arnold, and Bonnie Joseph are after, however. Crucially, they say, they also want the court to disqualify the bunk electors from ever serving in their positions again.}}
*** [https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/03/politics/donald-trump-brad-raffensperger-call-washington-post/index.html In call, Trump demands Georgia officials 'find' votes to tilt election]
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** (2022.05.11) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/5/11/2097410/-Report-Electors-for-Trump-in-Georgia-interviewed-by-state-prosecutors Report: Prosecutors are now interviewing 'Trump electors' in Georgia]
*** [https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/03/politics/trump-brad-raffensperger-phone-call-transcript/index.html Read the full transcript and listen to Trump's audio call with Georgia secretary of state]
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** (2022.01.31) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/31/2077780/-An-alternate-elector-for-Trump-now-running-for-Senate-offers-thin-defense-of-bunk-certification Pro-Trump 'alternate elector' explains why he signed false records]: [[Jim Lamon]], now a candidate for an Arizona seat in the US Senate, said that {{fmt/quote|"Republican electors put forth a valid document" and that their certification as Republican electors was expressly made so that if the election certification were overturned, "there would be no excuse not to recognize those electors."}}
* '''2020-12-14''' Republicans file fake elector documents in several states in an attempt to incorrectly have those states vote for Trump instead of Biden; this plan appears to originate with [[Mark Meadows]].
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** (2022.01.27) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/27/2077098/-Draft-executive-order-for-military-takeover-of-elections-shows-deep-involvement-of-Trump-legal-team Sidney Powell's fingerprints are on false claims of election fraud and fake slates of electors]
** '''2022-01-19''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Xn_tgLrZY Fake Trump Elector Scheme Draws The Attention Of More State Attorneys General]
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** (2022.01.27) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/27/2077096/-Michigan-Referral-Sites-Possible-Fraud-To-Justify-Draft-Trump-Executive-Order Michigan Referral Cites Possible Fraud To Justify Draft Trump Executive Order] {{fmt/quote|The [especially] interesting part is the 4th paragraph of the letter.  It notes that the December 16 draft executive order to have the military seize all election machines relied heavily on a “debunked report” regarding [[Dominion Voting Systems|Dominion]] voting machines.  The question is who prepared that report, and for what purpose.}}
** '''2022-01-11''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1HGGLWdEA Republicans In At Least Three States Filed Forged Elector Letters]
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** (2022.01.25) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/25/2076786/-GOP-s-fake-elector-certifications-were-fit-to-submit-and-all-caught-in-the-rigging GOP's fake elector certifications were fit to submit, and got caught in the rigging]: mainly useful for the source-links it contains
 
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** (2022.01.22) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/25/2076817/-Reminder-the-trump-Campaign-was-explicitly-behind-fake-electors-scheme Update** Video evidence the Trump Campaign was behind fake, "alternate" electors scheme]: [[Stephen Miller]] stated, in a 2021-12-14 interview on [[Fox News]], that {{fmt/quote|an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we’re going to send those results up to Congress.}}
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** (2022.01.19) Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Xn_tgLrZY Fake Trump Elector Scheme Draws The Attention Of More State Attorneys General]
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** (2022.01.18) Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPfcI9WYZzQ Mike Pence Script Change Seems To Address Fake Trump Elector Scheme] (video, 6:41)
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** (2022.01.11) Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1HGGLWdEA Republicans In At Least Three States Filed Forged Elector Letters]
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* '''2020.12.16''' Trump drafts, but never signs, an executive order that would have directed the defense secretary to seize voting machines
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** (2022.02.02) Daily Beast: [https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-wild-plan-to-seize-voting-machines-investigated-by-riot-panel-says-report And Now Jan. 6 Riot Panel Is Investigating Trump Plan to Seize Voting Machines, Too] {{fmt/quote|the ''Times'' reports that the Capitol riot panel is investigating the extent of Trump's direct involvement in the planned seizure of voting machines. Committee member Rep. [[Adam Schiff]] (D-CA) said: "We want to fully flesh out the facts: How close did this come to being operationalized? What kind of pushback did they receive? Who was a part of this particular scheme? We want to answer all those questions."}}
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** (2022.01.23) DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/23/2076309/-Analyst-says-draft-executive-order-Trump-considered-could-have-led-to-coup-d-tat Analyst says draft executive order Trump considered could have led to 'coup d'état'] {{fmt/quote|Terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance told MSNBC if Trump had issued the executive order, it would've been "immediately dismissed" by every officer in the armed forces because it is an "unlawful order." The bigger problem, he said, is what would've happened if National Guard units from states in favor of Trump were ordered by their governors to do what the armed forces couldn’t. "This is literally the definition of a Latin American or Sub-Saharan African style coup d'état," Nance said.}}
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** (2022.01.22) Politico: [https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/21/read-the-never-issued-trump-order-that-would-have-seized-voting-machines-527572 Read the never-issued Trump order that would have seized voting machines], along with a draft of a next-day speech that he never gave. {{fmt/quote|In the year since the riot, Trump’s recent characterization of the attack has veered wildly from that sentiment in the draft remarks. The former president has described the 2020 election as “the insurrection” and Jan. 6, 2021, as “the Protest.”}}
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* '''2021.01.02''' Trump phones Georgia Secretary of State [[Brad Raffensperger]], urging him to illegally "find votes" sufficient to declare Biden the loser (which he wasn't). Raffensperger declines to act on this request.
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*** CNN: [https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/03/politics/donald-trump-brad-raffensperger-call-washington-post/index.html In call, Trump demands Georgia officials 'find' votes to tilt election]
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*** CNN: [https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/03/politics/trump-brad-raffensperger-phone-call-transcript/index.html Read the full transcript and listen to Trump's audio call with Georgia secretary of state]
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* '''2021.01.05''' [[Trump self-coup strategy document]] circulated by [[Mark Meadows]]
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* '''2021.01.06''' [[January 6 insurrection]]
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* '''2022-01-15'''
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* '''2022-04-20''' DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/4/20/2092991/-Ginni-Thomas-s-texts-to-Meadows-reveal-connection-to-another-highly-placed-conspiracy-theorist New report identifies another strand in Ginni Thomas' web of efforts to overturn the 2020 election]
** ''Guardian'': [https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/15/texas-county-rejects-half-of-mail-in-ballot-applications-amid-new-voter-restrictions Texas county rejects half of mail-in ballot applications amid new voter restrictions] {{fmt/quote|The voter identification rules have led to the rejection of about half of the 700 mail-in ballots requested in Travis county for primary elections in March, according to the county’s clerk. / The denied ballots in Travis county follow a similar trend across Texas, with officials in Harris county, which includes the city of Houston, and Bexar county, which includes San Antonio, also turning down a substantial number of mail-in ballot applications.}}
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* '''2022-04-19''' ABC: [https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/legal-challenge-bar-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-ballot/story?id=84162725 Legal challenge to bar GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from ballot can continue, judge rules]
** NPR: [https://www.npr.org/2022/01/15/1073338121/2020-census-interference-trump Trump officials interfered with the 2020 census beyond cutting it short, email shows] {{fmt/quote|Former President Donald Trump's administration alarmed career civil servants at the Census Bureau by not only ending the 2020 national head count early, but also pressuring them to alter plans for protecting people's privacy and producing accurate data...}}
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* '''2022-04-18''' DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/4/18/2092610/-Sunday-shows-AWOL-on-story-of-Sen-Mike-Lee-s-coup-conspiring Sitting senator shown to have colluded in coup attempt. Sunday shows yawn]: [[Mike Lee]]
*** '''2020-09-14''' [https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/2022-01/BC-DOC-CEN-2020-1602-1445-1447.pdf the email]
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* '''2022-04-15'''
*** '''2020-10-13''' [https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2020/2020-census-data-collection-ending.html Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Data Collection Ending]: this is apparently being used in right-wing circles to downplay Trump's interference
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** CNN: [https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/politics/read-mark-meadows-texts-mike-lee-chip-roy/index.html READ: Mark Meadows' texts with Mike Lee and Chip Roy]
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*** DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/4/15/2092113/-New-texts-expose-pro-Trump-lawmakers-push-to-overturn-election-before-sh-tshow-at-Capitol Texts show they were all for Trump overturning the election – until a lack of evidence got in the way]
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* '''2022-02-01''' DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/2/1/2078055/-Fani-Willis-I-am-conducting-a-criminal-investigation-of-former-President-Donald-J-Trump Fani Willis: 'I am conducting a criminal investigation of former President Donald J. Trump']
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* '''2022-01-31'''
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** ''AJC'': [https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/breaking-fulton-da-seeks-fbis-aid-as-trump-probe-advances/OSABSTUVHBATPPMQCU7LXSXMV4/ Fulton DA seeks FBI’s aid as Trump probe advances] {{fmt/quote|Trump on Saturday described investigators in Georgia, New York and Washington as "radical," "vicious" and "racist" and called for major protests if prosecutors "do anything wrong or illegal."}} It's clear by now that Trump has his own non-reality-based idea of what is "legal", unfortunately.
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** DKos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/1/31/2077755/-Fulton-County-DA-asks-FBI-for-help-as-Trump-tries-to-incite-the-next-Jan-6 Trump is trying to incite violence against prosecutors investigating him. One has turned to the FBI] {{fmt/quote|"These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They're racists and they're very sick—they're mentally sick,” Trump said, referring to multiple investigations he faces. “They're going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they're not after me, they're after you."}} Trump also carefully fails to understand how prosecution works or how grand juries work.
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* '''2022-01-23''' ''Salon'': [https://www.salon.com/2022/01/23/former-aide-boris-epshteyn-brazenly-admits-to-fake-elector-scheme-on-national-tv_partner/ Former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn admits to fake elector scheme on national TV] {{fmt/quote|Epshteyn went on to claim that "everything that was done was done legally, by the Trump legal team, according to the rules, and under the leadership of (Trump lawyer) [[Rudy Giuliani]]."}}
 
* '''2022-01-13''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJx-m6v4bTU Fake Elector Struggles To Explain Role In Scheme To Submit False Election Papers] (video, 3:52) The title is too charitable; [[Jake Hoffman]] insists that "you would need to ask the Party chair" how he was invited to sign the fake elector documents, even though the question is about his own direct experience.
 
* '''2022-01-13''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJx-m6v4bTU Fake Elector Struggles To Explain Role In Scheme To Submit False Election Papers] (video, 3:52) The title is too charitable; [[Jake Hoffman]] insists that "you would need to ask the Party chair" how he was invited to sign the fake elector documents, even though the question is about his own direct experience.
* '''2022-01-12'''
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* '''2022-01-12''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTpIRevl_Fc Similarities Suggest Coordination In Fake Elector Letters From Republicans In Five States] (video, 12:17)
** HuffPo: [https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ohio-redistricting-supreme-court-maps_n_61df3f13e4b0ae44b31af675 Ohio Justices Toss GOP Statehouse Maps, Order Fix In 10 Days]: a small setback for the coup
 
** Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTpIRevl_Fc Similarities Suggest Coordination In Fake Elector Letters From Republicans In Five States] (video, 12:17)
 
 
* '''2022-01-11''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1HGGLWdEA Republicans In At Least Three States Filed Forged Elector Letters]
 
* '''2022-01-11''' Rachel Maddow: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1HGGLWdEA Republicans In At Least Three States Filed Forged Elector Letters]
* '''2022-01-10''' NC Policy Watch: [https://ncpolicywatch.com/2022/01/10/conservative-groups-target-state-local-voter-registration-rolls-with-multiple-lawsuits/ Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls with multiple lawsuits] {{fmt/quote|North Carolina’s voter rolls are like a refrigerator that needs to be cleared periodically of rotting milk and other items past their expiration date, according to Jason Torchinsky.}} Why? [[Honest Elections Project]]
 
* '''2022-01-04''' NPR: [https://www.npr.org/2022/01/04/1069232219/heres-where-election-deniers-and-doubters-are-running-to-control-voting Here's where election-denying candidates are running to control voting]
 
 
* '''2021-12-31''' ''Newsweek'': [https://www.newsweek.com/mark-meadows-trump-fake-electoral-college-january-6-committee-panel-report-1658634 Mark Meadows Worked on Creating Fake Electoral College To Overturn Election Results]
 
* '''2021-12-31''' ''Newsweek'': [https://www.newsweek.com/mark-meadows-trump-fake-electoral-college-january-6-committee-panel-report-1658634 Mark Meadows Worked on Creating Fake Electoral College To Overturn Election Results]
* '''2021-12-21''' [https://www.augustachronicle.com/story/news/2021/12/21/lincoln-county-attempts-eliminate-six-polling-places/8970073002/ Lincoln County looks to eliminate all polling places but one] {{fmt/quote|The move was made possible after the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year disbanding the Lincoln County Board of Elections. The chief sponsor of Senate bills 282 and 283 was Sen. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, whose district includes Lincoln County. The newly-appointed board agreed to move forward with the “consolidation” plan and was expected to vote on it last week, but appeared to lack a quorum, several said.}}
 
* '''2021-12-20'''
 
** ''Daily Beast'': [https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-bannon-threatens-to-take-over-entire-us-election-apparatus Steve Bannon Threatens to Take Over Entire U.S. 'Election Apparatus']
 
** ''Newsweek'': [https://www.newsweek.com/2021/12/31/millions-angry-armed-americans-stand-ready-seize-power-if-trump-loses-2024-1660953.html Millions of Angry, Armed Americans Stand Ready to Seize Power If Trump Loses in 2024]
 
*** [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-faO1Vc9-FI Let's talk about the Newsweek article and Trump....] (video, 7:57, Beau of the Fifth Column): argues that the article was kind of irresponsible in that it could encourage others to rally around this cause by giving it credibility and failing to put the numbers in context
 
* '''2021-12-18''' ''Washington Post'' opinion: [https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/17/eaton-taguba-anderson-generals-military/ 3 retired generals: The military must prepare now for a 2024 insurrection]{{icon/paywall}} ([https://web.archive.org/web/20211218041501/https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/17/eaton-taguba-anderson-generals-military/ archive.org]) ([https://twitter.com/nick_ramsey/status/1471981599583526917 via], [https://toot.cat/@anubis2814/107470228482966751 via])
 
** '''2021-12-31''' [https://www.npr.org/2021/12/31/1068930675/us-election-coup-january-6-military-constitution Retired general warns the U.S. military could lead a coup after the 2024 election]
 
** '''2021-12-21''' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUTuBI3j2pg Let's talk about the op-ed from the generals....] (video, 11:04, Beau of the Fifth Column)
 
* '''2021-12-14'''
 
** Daily Kos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/12/14/2069251/-Trump-supporters-taking-the-big-lie-door-to-door-with-vigilante-tactics-voter-harassment The DOJ has warned them, but Trump supporters continue to go door-to-door demanding voter info]
 
** Axios: [https://www.axios.com/secstate-races-campaign-cash-magnet-ab2ef4c7-ed46-4a12-8ff2-ef4ace9f0016.html Secretary of State races become fundraising cash magnet]
 
* '''2021-12-06'''
 
** ''The Atlantic'': [https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/january-6-insurrection-trump-coup-2024-election/620843/ Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun] (long) {{fmt/quote|January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.}}
 
** AP News: [https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-elections-wisconsin-voting-election-2020-5f799879afe2b8cad2daa0d7b494affa Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin] {{fmt/quote|...a ballot measure that would bypass the state’s Democratic governor to change how elections are run in the battleground state.}}
 
* '''2021-12-01''' ''Washington Post'': [https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/12/01/how-trump-backed-secretary-state-candidates-would-change-elections-america/ How Trump-backed secretary of state candidates would change elections in the United States]{{icon/paywall}} ([https://web.archive.org/web/20211210121332/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/12/01/how-trump-backed-secretary-state-candidates-would-change-elections-america/ archive.org]) {{fmt/quote|The ultimate win for [the Trumpists] would be to put in place secretaries of state, who oversee how elections are conducted in most states and sign off on the results. More than any other category of elected official, secretaries of state could be instrumental in overturning the popular vote in their state — an unprecedented move in American history — or take other actions that throw results into question.}}
 
* '''2021-11-29''' ''Washington Post'': [https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-allies-election-oversight/2021/11/28/3933b3ce-4227-11ec-9ea7-3eb2406a2e24_story.html Trump allies work to place supporters in key election posts across the country, spurring fears about future vote challenges]{{icon/paywall}} ([https://web.archive.org/web/20211202000606/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-allies-election-oversight/2021/11/28/3933b3ce-4227-11ec-9ea7-3eb2406a2e24_story.html archive.org]) {{fmt/quote|The effort goes far beyond the former president’s public broadsides against well-known Republican state officials who certified President Biden’s victory, such as Georgia Secretary of State [[Brad Raffensperger]] and Arizona Gov. [[Doug Ducey]]. Citing the need to make elections more secure, Trump allies are also seeking to replace officials across the nation, including volunteer poll watchers, paid precinct judges, elected county clerks and state attorneys general...}}
 
* '''2021-11-03''' AP News: [https://apnews.com/article/elections-voting-michigan-gretchen-whitmer-legislature-0c51b390408cc8c3f73c20a57fa81110 GOP chair funds Michigan ballot drive to toughen voting law] {{fmt/quote|The primary funder of a ballot drive to toughen Michigan's voter identification law and restrict mass mailings of unsolicited absentee ballot applications is [[Ron Weiser]], chairman of the state Republican Party.}}
 
* '''2021-09-09''' Daily Kos: [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/9/2051322/-School-boards-have-become-the-latest-target-in-far-right-s-Proud-Boys-led-assault-on-democracy When Proud Boys show up at local school protests, they’re following a larger far-right blueprint]
 
* '''2021-03-22''' NBC News: [https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/trump-endorses-challenger-ga-secretary-state-raffensperger-n1261732 Trump endorses challenger to Ga. Secretary of State Raffensperger]: Trump supports [[Jody Hice]] to replace Raffensberger
 

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About

As predicted by many observers, especially towards the end of his time in office, Trump and his team developed plans to ensure he stayed in office regardless of the outcome of the 2020 election, which he ultimately lost to Joe Biden.

The most visible of these efforts was the January 6 insurrection – an attempt to take over the US Capitol building by force, disrupt the legitimate electoral process and have Trump declared the winner of the election even though he clearly lost, and possibly kill or injure members of Congress who opposed Trump remaining in power (Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence were specifically targeted). Although this attempt failed, it should be understood as part of a larger effort by followers of Trumpism to disable the democratic process in the US and replace it with a more authoritarian system.

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