Donald Trump’s Attempts to “Wreck the Legitimacy of Any Institution He Disagrees With”

Donald Trump’s Attempts to “Wreck the Legitimacy of Any Institution He Disagrees With” Donald Trump’s Attempts to “Wreck the Legitimacy of Any Institution He Disagrees With”

September 9, 20202 min read
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Paul Musgrave, assistant professor of legal studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is available to discuss Donald Trump’s efforts to combat mail-in voting, and its continuation of a history of attempts to “wreck the legitimacy of any institution he disagrees with.”


Musgrave has said:

“It’s repetitive but important, by now, to point out that Trump’s fundamental strategy is to wreck the legitimacy of any institution he disagrees with. From birtherism to vote fraud allegations in 2016, to his undermining the legitimacy of this year’s voting, his objective is ruin. His winking at QAnon, his abuse of the pardon power, his misuse even of tariff powers—there are no checks and balances so long as Republican Senators abet all of these actions against the American people and the Constitution. But the fundamental challenge is deeper. If Trump loses, even after he passes from the scene, his apostles will remain with us, and the body politic is not well set up to cope with a sizable chunk of its public rejecting its legitimacy.”



A frequent contributor to The Washington Post and Foreign Policy, Musgrave can also discuss the relationship between the president and Vladimir Putin, including the president’s lack of response to recent revelations that the Russian government had offered bounties on American soldiers to Taliban militants in Afghanistan, as well as announcements from the administration calling on 12,000 troops to to be moved out from German bases.


Musgrave’s background and bio can be found here, and links to his assorted op-eds, articles and blog posts for publications including The Washington Post and Foreign Policy can be found here.


To schedule an interview with Musgrave, please email him directly via his ExpertFile profile at https://expertfile.com/experts/paul.musgrave



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  • Paul Musgrave
    Paul Musgrave Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Paul Musgrave studies U.S. foreign policy, international relations theory, and how oil revenues change political institutions.

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