How some leaders on the right are fighting for a healthy democracy
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There have been a number of news stories lately about the increasing number of election deniers who are running for secretary of state or other election administration positions this year. While these candidates are Trump-aligned Republicans, the pushback isn’t just coming from Democrats and independents.
The Fulcrum’s Faye Shen Li Thijssen recently spoke with Joel Searby, political director for the Renew America Movement, which was formed by current and former Republicans to build what they call a deep “pro-democracy” bench.
RAM says it will work with Republicans, Democrats and independents to strengthen democracy in the United States fighting extremism on all sides. The group’s boldface names include former Trump administration official Miles “Anonymous” Taylor, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, attorney George Conway, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
“People who see the risks to our democracy right now are putting down a lot of their own personal preferences in order to build alliances to work against the most extreme elements of our parties, particularly on the Republican side,” Searby told Faye.
One possible path forward is the establishment of a viable third party. Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative who left the Republican Party and ran for president as an independent in 2016, is among RAM’s co-founders. He is attempting another run as an independent this year, challenging GOP Sen. Mike Lee in Utah.
“I see a lot of energy in the third way space, of people who want to see an entirely new way in our politics, not just trying to fix the two broken parties but thinking of new ways to creatively disrupt the system,” Searby said.
Read the full story, including what may be the biggest challenge for the movement. (Hint: It involves $$.)
And some further reading:
- ‘Election integrity summits’ aim to fire up Trump activists over big lie (The Guardian)
- Fighting Trump, Dems launch plan to elect thousands of local election supervisors (Politico)
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