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Reader's View: MAGA Republicans a threat to democracy

The next MAGA spoils system threatens to be much worse than anything the 19th century saw.

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On Oct. 21, 2020, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13957. This was two weeks before the 2020 election when, presumably, the media were consumed. The order seemed intended to destroy the civil service. It allowed the president to hire and fire professional civil servants at will.

Fortunately, President Joe Biden rescinded the descent back into the spoils system of political hacks taking over the government.

The next MAGA president, however, undoubtedly would reinstate the order, if only to satisfy supporters insisting on “draining the swamp.” That president could rationalize that it need not be a wholesale replacement of government but simply a firing of enough professionals to get their attention.

The next MAGA spoils system threatens to be much worse than anything the 19th century saw. You cannot be a MAGA Republican without affirming the big lie, climate denial, abortion banning, and that Democrats are worse public enemies than the Russians and Chinese.

In December 2020, Trump held a meeting, as Yahoo reported , at which he posed whether to impose martial law, grab ballot boxes in swing states, and hold a new election. This was supported by his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, but Attorney General William Barr pushed back on election denial, and other personnel thought this was a terrible idea.


In any new MAGA government, MAGA extremists will likely push out any dissenting opinions from their attacks on democracy.

MAGA Republicans are threats to democracy.

John Munter


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