Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas

@brianklaas

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Associate Professor in Global Politics @UCL. Washington Post columnist. Author: How to Rig an Election & Despot's Apprentice. Host @PowrCorrupts. DPhil: Oxford.

London, England
Joined on May 11, 2009
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Quoted @tripgabriel

Buy Saturday’s Times in print: incredibly useful guide to voting deadlines for all methods in all 50 states and D.C. https://t.co/ndtlvaO5YE

Buy Saturday’s Times in print: incredibly useful guide to voting deadlines for all methods in all 50 states and D.C. https://t.co/ndtlvaO5YE

More of this! https://t.co/f8CAH7647R

4. There are many aspects of American democracy that require reform - and many of them pre-date Trump. If Democrats win in November, they should spark a broader conversation about democratic reforms, some inspired by Trump's violations, others by longstanding rot in institutions.

3. Something like 10/12 year terms for justices would go a long way, as would reforms like an independent scoring procedure for qualifications; a requirement for justices to be given hearings and up-or-down votes within a certain time frame; and formal rules around elections.

2. It's not just anti-democratic to have lifetime appointments for justices (though it is), it can also be terrible for the judges themselves, who effectively have to work until death because their ability to draw breath is sometimes literally protecting basic rights for millions

1. At some point, we should talk about whether it's the best system to have the timing of the death of one woman result in radically changing the ideological composition of the country's highest court in the world's most powerful democracy for decades, without much recourse.

Quoted @MilesTaylorUSA

If you need something to cheer you up this weekend: more ex-Trump officials are going to speak out against the President — and in favor of repairing our republic.

This is good news - but the time to speak out is right now. Millions of people are already voting. https://t.co/UUfzEELPiC

Worth remembering that Trump’s threat to reject the results is nothing new. Take a look at this article. Take a look at the date. @brianklaas #trump #Trump2020 #US #Election2020 https://t.co/zseQO6ihCt

Quoted @Reuters

Putin says Russia and U.S. should agree not to meddle in each other's elections https://t.co/JTnHDDb0wp https://t.co/nmHi8pePSM

Putin says Russia and U.S. should agree not to meddle in each other's elections https://t.co/JTnHDDb0wp https://t.co/nmHi8pePSM

Arsonist says firefighters should agree not to burn down houses https://t.co/rOx73Oz1PU

Trump's authoritarian behavior is clearly a menace to American democracy. But if Americans reject him at the polls by a wide enough margin, his rhetoric won't matter much and his threats will just be the empty ravings of a weak, wannabe strongman. My take on @StreetSignsCNBC: https://t.co/xcK9RBaNMu

American democracy would be well-served if TV and radio producers replaced just 5% of horse race election coverage with clear tutorials on how to properly vote with a mail-in ballot to ensure it is counted. Local TV news in particular can play a huge role in civic education.

Trump's campaign has organized a new initiative, led by his son, that is blatantly lying about mail-in ballots and using incendiary rhetoric calling on supporters to "enlist" in the "Army for Trump" to defend against Democrats. This is so dangerous & unacceptable in a democracy.

Quoted @AliVelshi

BREAKING: The United States has surpassed 7,000,000 cases of COVID-19

"You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero." -- President Trump, February 26, 2020 https://t.co/4SLALX2GDP

Quoted @LewisMcKenzie94

It's been a pretty tough news week so I put together a video of all the times Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has joked about Tory MP Bob Blackman looking like a pilot during his virtual contributions since March. Spoiler: It's a lot of times. https://t.co/KB4RBDRVDA

British politics can be so delightfully weird sometimes https://t.co/bOHp4zfd4c

Key context here in this piece. Perhaps worth noting that the "savings" that are supposed to be used to pay for Trump's plan literally do not exist. It's spending $7 billion based on fantasy accounting. https://t.co/uSRkYu4EDC

Quoted @PressSec

President @realDonaldTrump DELIVERS for America’s Seniors! Soon, 33 MILLION Medicare beneficiaries will receive a card in the mail containing $200 they can use towards prescription drug costs.

If the president of another country sent a crucial bloc of voters $200 - quite suddenly, 39 days before an election - it would be considered a blatant attempt at vote buying and would be condemned internationally as an attempt to manipulate the contest in the incumbent's favor. https://t.co/Z69MKnlnmz

Quoted @brianklaas

I've been an election observer in broken authoritarian countries, and let me tell you: Trump's behavior would be swiftly and unequivocally condemned by all international election monitors if it was happening elsewhere. He is behaving like the despots past presidents condemned.

Hear hear, it should also be noted that the responsibility to make sure the electoral process runs in line with the law, lies primarily with the government... criticism and points to improve we observed when I was an election observer would be addressed there ↘️ https://t.co/lI1PaUilWd

Quoted @realDonaldTrump

One of the worst polls in 2016 was the @FoxNews Poll. They were so ridiculously wrong. Fox said they were going to change pollsters, but they didn’t. They totally over sample Democrats to a point that a child could see what is going on. Rasmussen, which was accurate, at 52%.

The final Fox News poll from 2016: Clinton 48 Trump 44. Actual result: Clinton 48 Trump 46. https://t.co/kCy46n4hmY

I've been an election observer in broken authoritarian countries, and let me tell you: Trump's behavior would be swiftly and unequivocally condemned by all international election monitors if it was happening elsewhere. He is behaving like the despots past presidents condemned.

It's so depressing that 40-45% of Americans are still planning to vote for the guy who won't commit to the most fundamental principle of democracy during a pandemic in which thousands more died because he lied to the public, made fun of mask wearing, and hawked dangerous drugs.

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