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US democracy at risk, with or without Trump

Americans should not take democracy for granted, and must overcome their deepening partisan animosities.

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Extreme partisan polarisation had already begun to eviscerate US democratic norms long before Mr Trump's election.

PRESIDENT Donald Trump hasn't destroyed the republic. This should not surprise us. Our democratic institutions are strong. And Mr Trump, despite his reckless attacks on democratic norms, is a weak and inept leader.

But that doesn't mean democracy is safe. The problems America faces run

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