Analysis by David MontgomeryStaff writer
October 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
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The already commonplace threats and intimidation of public officials, civic volunteers and civil servants — election workers, teachers, health-care workers, librarians — could spread and strengthen, egged on by Trump, driving more from their jobs to be replaced by MAGA loyalists.
Could it happen here? Would it be that bad? The message of prophets of democratic doom can sound over-the-top— “crackpot, practically,” acknowledges Wilentz, the Princeton historian. But to dismiss it, they say, would be naive — and they urge vigilance and civic engagement to prevent the nightmare from coming true.
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