The risks of a broken American election

Trump’s assault on absentee voting amid coronavirus is a dark omen
Demonstrators defend mail-in voting, which President Donald Trump describes as ‘fraudulent’
Demonstrators defend mail-in voting, which President Donald Trump describes as ‘fraudulent’ © Ethan Miller/Getty

It has long been clear that the only restraints on Donald Trump’s actions are the courts and the American people. Republicans have largely failed to act as a check on the US president, even when he is traducing the principles they claim to hold dear. One of these is the US constitution’s provision for a presidential election every four years.