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Think Tank considers the end of democracy with former Phoenix mayor

Oct 22, 2021, 10:30 AM | Updated: 10:37 am
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Recently, in a widely discussed editorial, Bill Maher described a “slow moving coup.” He suggested, essentially, that three things now seem inevitable:

1. Donald Trump will run for president in 2024

2. He will get the Republican nomination

3. The morning after the election, he will declare victory, regardless of the electoral outcome.

How will election officials respond if Trump loses the election?

Well, denying Joe Biden’s 2020 victory seems to be a requirement of getting nominated in a Republican primary. And there is an organized effort afoot to purge any officials who deny Biden’s 2020 presidential victory before the 2024 election.

Democracy may hang in the balance.

The attempt to overturn the voters’ choices in the 2020 election was unsuccessful largely due to the courage of a handful of Republican election officials who refused to buckle under to political pressure to deny certification to the tabulated 2020 results.

These included the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, the Republican-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer.

The Think Tank is running a two-part series on the current state of our democracy. Paul Johnson, a Democrat-turned-independent, former mayor of Phoenix, and gubernatorial candidate is our guest for the first of these two shows.

The Think Tank airs on KTAR 92.3 FM on Saturday 6-7 p.m. and Sunday 9-10 p.m.

Podcasts are available after broadcast. Older shows are archived at www.mikeoneil.org.

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