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Opinion: Garry Kasparov on what happens next

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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There will be more violence, especially if the Capitol perpetrators and those who incited them -- starting with the President - are not held accountable, writes Garry Kasparov. History shows clearly that the correct response is the dispassionate application of the law--not political persecution, nor politically motivated leniency. Our nation must not be fooled into choosing between unity and justice.

This battle against anti-democratic extremism didn't end when a right-wing mob invaded the United States Capitol and five people died, including one police officer.

Had fewer than 45,000 votes across three key states gone the other way on Election Day, we'd be plunging toward authoritarian rule, and discussing which of Trump's children would take over in 2024.

No new mythology should be allowed to sprout from this vile transgression.

White supremacy is a terrible evil of American history, and Trump and his followers' traffic in it is repugnant, but we should not overburden a clear-cut criminal proceeding with the cleansing of sins.

A mere nine years after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia elected a former KGB lieutenant colonel, Vladimir Putin, to the presidency.

Many Americans were shocked by how many of their compatriots, including nearly all GOP officials, have been willing to go along with Trump's open assault on the pillars of their open society, from the free press to fair elections.

They are living in an alternate universe, where 70% of Republican voters say that Republican lawmakers who tried to stop the certification of Joe Biden's win in the 2020 presidential election were "protecting democracy," according to a Quinnipiac poll taken AFTER the assault on the Capitol Trump incited.

Seventy-three percent told pollsters they thought Trump, too, was "protecting" democracy.

Coups aside, this was always the greatest threat of Trump's rhetoric, and a result that will delight dictators like Putin, who are always eager to denigrate democracy and its champions.

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