The Heat: What’s behind the assault on American democracy?

The Heat

Discussion about threats to the stability of the U.S. political system and the country’s domestic security is becoming more and more commonplace among commentators and analysts.

A new NBC News poll finds that “threats to democracy” has overtaken the “cost of living” as the most important issue facing voters in the United States. Both political parties continue to trade accusations about election fraud and voter suppression. And then there’s the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol and FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s Florida home.

Some Republicans have called for defunding the FBI, while pro-Trump conspiracy theorists issued explicit or thinly veiled calls for violence. Is it simply politics as usual or an assault on American democracy?

To discuss:

  • Gene Rossi is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Federal Prosecutor.
  • Frank Sesno served as CNN’s Washington bureau chief. He’s currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.
  • Rina Shah is a political strategist and commentator.
  • Craig Shirley is a bestselling author and U.S. presidential historian.

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