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Trump using appeals process to ‘delay his trial indefinitely’: Supreme Court briefing (opens a new window)

  • February 14, 2024
  • Raw Story

In an amicus brief, the anti-authoritarian group Protect Democracy advised the U.S. Supreme Court that Trump was trying to delay his federal election subversion case beyond the 2024 election.

The group asked the court to deny Trump’s request to stay a lower court’s ruling that found he did not have presidential immunity for election subversion.

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Trump’s ‘Knock on the Door’ (opens a new window)

  • February 8, 2024
  • The Atlantic

“What we would expect to see in a second Trump presidency is governance by force,” Deana El-Mallawany, a counsel and the director of impact programs at Protect Democracy, a bipartisan group focused on threats to democracy, told me. “This is his retribution agenda. He is looking at ways to aggrandize and consolidate power within the presidency to do these extreme things, and going after marginalized groups first, like migrants and the homeless, is the way to expand that power, normalize it, and then wield it more broadly against everybody in our democracy.”

Project Veritas Forced to Admit Lies Trump Used to Try Overturn PA Election Were Baseless (opens a new window)

  • February 7, 2024
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Protect Democracy, which joined the lawsuit, made the point that the videos helped “propel the burgeoning Big Lie around the 2020 election, which sapped critical faith in democratic institutions and fueled the misguided rage that boiled over in Washington D.C. on Jan 6, 2021, when rioters attempted to stop Congress from overseeing the constitutional transfer of power.”

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Project Veritas admits there was no evidence of election fraud at Pennsylvania post office in 2020 (opens a new window)

  • February 6, 2024
  • The Washington Post

Weisenbach’s attorneys included the group Protect Democracy, which confirmed the settlement, as did Stephen Klein, an attorney who represented Project Veritas and O’Keefe. Both sides said the “case was resolved in a manner acceptable to all the parties.”

An attorney for Hopkins did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Many election deniers faced accountability. Not the one on the ballot. (opens a new window)

  • February 6, 2024
  • The Washington Post

His claims were, in fact, false. On Monday, it was announced that he and Project Veritas had settled with the supervisor he’d impugned. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, who promoted the story three years ago, admitted on social media that there was no fraud in Erie, Pa., in 2020.

It is only the latest example of those who seized the opportunity to make allegations of election fraud being (often belatedly) held to account. But there is an outstanding exception to that pattern: Trump himself.

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Defeating authoritarian impulses requires a broad coalition, strategist says (opens a new window)

  • February 5, 2024
  • Baptist News Global

It will take a broad coalition of Americans willing to set aside political and cultural differences to defeat the growing authoritarian movement bent on undermining constitutional freedoms, pro-democracy activist Chris Crawford said on the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’s “Respecting Religion” podcast.

“Faith communities are such a vital part of building that coalition,” said Crawford, a policy strategist with Protect Democracy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit committed to defeating totalitarianism and supporting resilient democratic institutions. He was interviewed by BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman for the Feb. 1 episode.