In the two weeks since Election Day, a paradox has come into focus. Preserving democracy — as Americans have practiced and understood it — required defeating Donald Trump in the presidential election. But Trump’s defeat has only heightened the crisis of democracy.
There was a brief moment of hope on Sunday that the president had at least acknowledged, if begrudgingly, that he had lost the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
“He won the vote because the Election was Rigged,” Trump wrote on Twitter. It wasn’t exactly a gracious concession — it was couched in a lie — but it appeared to be the most we could hope for.