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The odds of a Trump coup attempt in 2024 are dropping fast

By Greg Sargent

28 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The Supreme Court's decision in Moore v. Harper rejected the idea that state legislatures have unlimited power to determine how elections are run, making it harder for lawmakers to manipulate election results.

The Supreme Court's decision in Moore v. Harper on Tuesday is a major reprieve for American democracy. By rejecting the radical idea that state legislatures have quasi-unlimited power to determine how elections are run, the court made it harder for lawmakers to engage in the shenanigans that Donald Trump encouraged to overturn his 2020 presidential reelection loss.

But the decision is better seen in a broader context: It's one of many recent developments that show our democratic system is fortifying itself on many levels, unexpectedly reducing the odds of a rerun of Trump's efforts in 2024.

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