Trump’s shadow over American democracy

Conflicts Robin Olin travels to the state of Arizona in the USA. Out there in the dry desert landscape, he tries to find out what happens when suffragettes gain power. Before the mid-term elections on November 8, there are hundreds of candidates around the United States who, like , believe that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Now they can wield great influence over the very heart of American democracy, the electoral system

Robin Olin meets traditional Republicans who Rusty Bowers and Clint Hickman. Republicans who, after refusing to believe Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories, lost their positions in the party.
Rusty Bowers was pressured after the presidential election by Donald Trump to try to invalidate the election. But seeing no evidence of , he refused, a decision that cost him his political future.

At a political meeting for Trump supporters we meet Mark Haley who is convinced that the Democrats cheated in the election and during a car ride in the Arizona desert, he explains what drives him and why he is worried about the future of democracy in the United States.

But concerns about the future of democracy exist across the entire political spectrum. David Rasmusson call up two famous American scientists Lawrence Lessig and Larry Jacobs both of whom are concerned about what it will mean that election-denying politicians can now gain power over the electoral system itself.

In Arizona, Robin Olin goes home to Martha Chansley, mother of the so-called Qanonshaman, Jake Angeli. Jake is currently in prison for his role in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, but many Republicans see him instead as a and hero.

Host: Robin Olin
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Technician: Heinz Wennin

Producer: David Rasmusson
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