Jeffrey C. Isaac

Jeffrey C. Isaac

Jeffrey C. Isaac is James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include: "Democracy in Dark Times"(1998); "The Poverty of Progressivism: The Future of American Democracy in a Time of Liberal Decline" (2003), and "Arendt, Camus, and Modern Rebellion" (1994).

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Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 14, 2021
A Second Trump Impeachment Has Not Lessened the Current Danger
Last August 11, two distinguished retired U.S. Army officers, John Nagl and Paul Yingling, published a piece in a major military periodical entitled " 'All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic': An Open Letter to Gen. Milley ." The piece argued that "we do not live in ordinary times"; that president Trump...
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Police seen around Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Views
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Trump, the Coup, and the Collusion That Made It Possible
The U.S. Capitol building was assaulted and occupied this past Wednesday, by an angry and violent insurrectionary mob incited by Donald Trump and his closest family members and cronies. Was it a “coup?” Republican House member Adam Kinzinger said so. Many have called it that. Republican Senator...
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Rioters clash with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 07, 2021
The United States Is in a Dangerous State of Emergency
Yesterday, the "unthinkable" that many of us predicted took place: Donald Trump completed his years-long long incitement of his mob, who came to the nation's capital, as invited, were riled up by Roger Stone, Rudy Giuliani, the Trump boys, and Trump himself, and then marched to the Capitol building...
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Pro-Trump rioters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
This Is an Insurrection Incited by Trump
Normal political order has broken down. The prescribed Congressional proceeding to confirm the presidential election results has been disrupted. The peaceful transfer of power has been subverted. The Capitol building has been taken over by violent protesters. Pence, Pelosi, and Grassley have been...
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Trump has defied conventional wisdom, expert forecasting, and the Constitution itself time and time again these past four years. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Illegality Does Not Mean Impossibility, and Seeking Consolation About Trump From Legal Experts Is Stupid
Today’s Washington Post features an “analysis” by Amber Phillips whose title provocatively asks: “ Could Trump declare martial law to try to steal the election? ” This question is on the minds of many, and with good reason, because Trump continues to insist that the election was stolen from him,...
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Proud Boys march in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, December 12, 2020. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
The Here and Now Dangers of 'Standing Down' and 'Standing By' for Donald Trump
Yesterday the Electoral College voted to officially designate Joe Biden as the President-Elect, in anticipation of his inauguration on January 20, 2021. Yet Donald Trump is not finished trying to overturn the election. The New York Times reported on Sunday what has long been clear, that " Trump...
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US President Donald Trump speaks at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit on December 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president signed an executive order stating the US would provide vaccines to Americans before aiding other nations. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 11, 2020
What Trump's Doing Is Crazy and Dangerous—and It Ain't Over Yet
Ever since November 7, when the election was more or less authoritatively “called” by all major media, a wide range of pundits have spoken as if the election was decided. Some of these pundits have explained away Trump’s consistent and angry refusal of the results as a sign of his narcissism and...
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Sunday, November 22, 2020
Smart Commentators Must Stop Minimizing Trump's Ongoing Threat To This Election
The New York Times’s David Sanger, a fine journalist, filed a piece just days ago that clearly stated what every serious commentator and scholar knows to be true: “Trump’s Attempts To Overturned The Election Are Unparalleled in U.S. History.” The headline, which says everything, contains two...
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American democracy has been proven hopelessly archaic, dysfunctional, irrational, and corrupt. (Photo: ‘Biden For President’) Views
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Biden Might Just Eek This Out, But Even the Best-Case Scenario Is Pretty Dismal
I have never thought this would be easy. I always knew that this was not a normal election, and that it would be deeply contentious during and after “Election Day.” The day before Election Day, i.e., two days ago, I published a piece articulating what I have been saying for some time to friends,...
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The manifest danger that Trump poses, as epitomized by this terrorist plot, needs to be highlighted. (Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 09, 2020
Donald Trump Must Be Held Responsible for the Michigan Terrorist Plot
“Liberate Michigan!” Thus Tweeted Donald Trump on April 17, as armed militia groups and so-called “patriots” assembled outside the Michigan capitol building and then occupied the capitol itself, denouncing the pandemic response of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer as “tyranny,” intimidating...
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