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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Coups and the Fragility of Democracy
Naunihal Singh, Ph.D. of U.S. Naval War College, and Rachel E. VanLandingham, J.D., LL.M. of Southwestern Law School discuss the what it takes to overthrow a democracy, and offer some perspectives on what happened in the United States on January 6.
On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Trump violently stormed the Capitol after attending a rally on the National Mall where Trump furiously defended his belief that the election had been “stolen” from him. Five people died. Many saw it as inevitable, a cumulation of four years of President Trump and his administration testing the invisible boundaries of American democracy. Others called it a failed coup attempt. Regardless, the violence shocked the world, with many global leadersView more