For the first time ever, the Organization of American States (OAS) will monitor the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, putting the United States in the same league as Haiti and other politically-volatile Latin American countries.
That’s largely thanks to Republican candidate Donald Trump. Following his recent downward slide in the polls, he’s been stepping up claims that the Nov. 8 elections will be rigged, calling into question the very legitimacy of U.S. democracy.
By threatening to violate the basic democratic principle of respecting the electoral outcome whether his ticket wins or loses, Trump is attacking democracy itself. The OAS mission to observe the U.S. election — and the fact that many of us are welcoming it — is just the latest reminder of how low this populist demagogue has already dragged the country. (FULL STORY)