Richmond Times-Dispatch

Trump’s failure to concede threatens U.S. stability

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STEPHANIE O’SHEA.

HENRICO.

EDITOR, TIMES-DISPATCH:

The dangerous and dictatorli­ke charade being perpetrate­d by President Donald Trump and his frightened and feckless enablers, claiming that the 2020 presidenti­al election was illegitima­te and fraudulent, is not going to accomplish much. But given Trump’s narcissism and threats, it is not surprising. It will not reassure our citizens that the norms of government are being restored and preserved. Trying to deny that he lost and resisting the peaceful transition of power will not promote the United States’ image around the world as a beacon of democracy. Quite the opposite — it resembles practices in “banana republics” run by dictators. It will not prevent Joe Biden from becoming the 46th president on Jan. 20, 2021. It will not help protect the security and safety of our people from foreign attack. It will not help us overcome the COVID19 pandemic. It will not help restore economic prosperity

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