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Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination continued, unimpeded, on Thursday in the Nevada caucus. It's pretty easy to look at the party's undying support for him to see that preserving our democracy is low on their priority list.

But, if we look closer, we can see that their disdain for the will of the people doesn't just apply to political enemies, but their fellow Republicans as well.

Let me explain.

In 2021, the Nevada legislature passed a law requiring all parties to hold a primary when there is more than one presidential candidate on the ballot. However, the law did not specify how the party should allocate their delegates to their respective national conventions.

The Nevada GOP decided to run a primary election AND a caucus, to decide who will be their nominee for President. The caucus, which the Trump campaign is participating in, has special rules like a $55,000 entrance fee, limits on outside spending, and a requirement that participants not run in the state-required primary.

After they had already stacked the deck for Trump, the GOP announced that they would only be using the caucus results to allocate their delegates to the convention.

Convenient, since the former president is the only candidate participating in the caucus.

From the attempted insurrection on down, it is increasingly clear that democracy no longer has any value for too many in the Republican party. In fact, they view it as nothing more than a hindrance to their extremist agenda.

Quite frankly, it's fair to ask whether a party which no longer believes in our system of government, and attempts to sabotage it at every turn, should be trusted to be a fair participant in our democracy. We just cannot afford to have them in power.


Posted on February 12, 2024.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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