Democracy Looks Like Trump’s Baseless Certainty He Will Win the 2020 Election

Katherine Emily
5 min readDec 11, 2020

In the vernacular, democracy conjures up vision of government that rules in accordance with the will of the people. Morality in the democratic lexicon is a matter of numbers: belong to the majority and the right to rule is yours. Belong to the minority? Well, not only are your opinions disregarded by those in authority, but your rights might be in jeopardy, too.

In its purest form, democracy is mob rule. Its morality is numerical: the majority rules and controls not only the direction of public policy but the definition of what kind of government action is appropriate. Documents like constitutions create hard-and-fast rule about what government can rightfully do and what it can’t do. When it violates these, it also creates a system to ensure grievances are redressed.

That’s not true in a society where “right” is an ever-fluctuating definition, dependent on whatever the whims of those in power happen to be on a given day and their tolerance towards those who don’t happen to share their worldview.

In their continued insistence, despite evidence, that Trump won the election, the president, his surrogates in government, and his supporters in the media have taken up this most concerning of democratic mantras.

Debunked claim made by the president after debunked claim has shown that there is little to his claims of organized voter fraud, widespread enough to shift the election in Joe Biden’s favor.

But this hasn’t deterred the president, or his supporters, who, absent and hard facts, have fallen back on the level of popular support they believe they enjoy as justification for their claims.

How could someone as beloved by the people as Donald Trump possibly lose an election? Answer: he couldn’t. That love among his base, rooted in his administration’s fight for traditional values, must translate into votes

The case Texas filed with the Supreme Court, since joined by multiple states and supported by members of Congress (who strangely aren’t questioning the validity of any other races than the presidential one) is probably the most glaring example of the depredation this kind of democratic populism does to political thought.



Katherine Emily

Founder, The Subversive Scrivener. Writer. Thinker. Intransigent ideologue. Radical individualist. Talent fully developed is the highest moral good.