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Rudy Giuliani's conspiracy theories could be dangerous to democracy, experts say

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Rudy Giuliani's increasingly outlandish claims of election fraud have former federal officials worried that theories peddled by the man once dubbed "America's mayor" could be dangerous to democracy in the US.

(CNN)Rudy Giuliani's increasingly outlandish claims of election fraud have former federal officials worried that theories peddled by the man once dubbed "America's mayor" could be dangerous to democracy in the US.

Javed Ali, who served as senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council during the Trump administration, said that Giuliani and Trump questioning the election's legitimacy makes it more difficult for the US to "wag the finger at other countries where you see similar things happening. "

As a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, Giuliani has become a regular presence on right-wing TV, internet shows and on social media, arguing that shady forces stole the election.

And Giuliani has repeatedly falsely claimed that officials spirited 100,000 mysterious ballots for Biden into the Michigan vote count late in the wee hours of election night.

Many of Giuliani's latest conspiracy theories involve Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based election technology company that provides voting machines and other technology to election officials in more than two dozen states.

Andrew Kirtzman, a New York communications consultant who is working on his second biography of Giuliani, said the former mayor searched for national relevance after failing to win the presidency -- and found it in Trump.

"The moment that Donald Trump leaves power is the moment that Rudy Giuliani loses power also, so it's in his best interest to reverse the election results. "

Giuliani is "continuing to file cases with no basis in court," he said, arguing that the legal effort "just makes Donald Trump a loser more times. "

Kirtzman, the Giuliani biographer, said that the former mayor has never done anything halfway -- and his wholehearted embrace of election conspiracies is a sign of his dedication to Trump.

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