Recent US elections were momentous by any standard. Despite Covid-19, a record number of Americans voted — more than 81 million for President Biden, 74 million for former President Trump. Despite the seven million popular vote (and 74 electoral votes) difference, Trump and his followers claimed fraud and refused to accept defeat, resulting in a series of unsuccessful legal challenges in multiple states.
The acrimony and rhetoric continued for weeks, even when these legal challenges failed for lack of evidence. Prior to January 6 — when the Congress was scheduled to confirm then-President-elect Biden’s victory — Trump called his supporters to Washington DC. On January 6 he urged the gathered crowds to march towards the Capitol and “stop the steal,” resulting in the first storming of the Capitol since 1812.
Five people were killed as the crowd ransacked parts of the building. Members of Congress, having been forced to flee, eventually returned, confirming then-President-elect Biden’s win. This tragic and unprecedented series of events was variously described as an insurgency, insurrection, coup, or rebellion, leading to the second impeachment of President Trump by the House a few days later.
This timely talk, delivered by the Founding Dean of George Mason’s University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and sponsored by FCCU’s Centre for Public Policy and Governance, will reflect on these events while also assessing their impact, both for the United States and the world.
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