Originally published at The Philadelphia Inquirer
It’s been two years since we saw rioters descend on the U.S. Capitol in an act that can be categorized as equal parts cowardice and delusion. The world is now watching as a similar scene unfolds in Brazil. On Jan. 8, supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings in the nation’s capital; 1,500 people were detained. The two events are remarkably similar: broken windows, ripped-up documents — all under the guise of a “stolen” election.
When the riots end, Brazil will undoubtedly face the same daunting question as the United States on how to restore faith in our elections.
Across the political spectrum, trust in our most respected institutions, including our electoral system, is fading. That’s thanks to deeply partisan figures from both major parties — yes, Democrats are complicit here, too — who have sought to undermine confidence in our electoral system for their own benefit.
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