How the American system failed in 2020: Pandemic politics

Anti-vaxxer protests are morphing into something more alarming — defiance. A bar owner in New York City was arrested for refusing to follow pandemic restrictions. Police were called to break up a 400-guest party at a rented Long Island mansion. When the Los Angeles County health department banned outdoor service in county restaurants, local municipalities voted to form their own health departments.

By embracing defiance, the “medical freedom” movement is taking its cue from President Trump. Defiance is Trump’s specialty, and his supporters admire him for it. He insists — without evidence — that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and must be nullified. He claims there was “a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big.” Obvious to him, maybe, and his core supporters, who are staging “Stop the Steal” protests and threatening public officials.

Trump supporters are promoting misinformation about voter fraud. Sidney Powell, an attorney working with President Trump’s legal team, claims to have “staggering” statistical evidence showing that voting machines altered ballots and that the deception can be traced back to Venezuela, Cuba and China.