Without evidence, Donald Trump is claiming that the recent election has been stolen through fraud. Most likely these claims will not go anywhere and are probably theatre to rile up his base and potentially grift from them. Secretaries of state (some of them Republican) have declared that there is no evidence of fraud and that the election was fair. This has been verified by outside non-partisan observers and even partisan poll watchers. This is also very different from the 2000 Presidential election; President-elect Biden has won several key states by margins of tens of thousands of votes that would need to be discarded to give the win to Trump. In 2000 the election was dependent on ~500 votes in a single state. The legal cases that the Trump team has brought to the courts this election have mostly been summarily dismissed as being without evidence or merit. Still, it is possible that this coup will be successful and Trump will serve another 4 years and the American experiment will be over. Most likely he will not succeed and this great nation will continue and hopefully heal.
This topic is about that scenario. Assuming Biden is sworn in as President on January 20th, I seriously doubt that The Donald will cease claiming that the election was stolen and fraudulent. President Trump has a lot of supporters, some of them in official positions in the house, senate, or other government roles that will amplify and repeat these claims. Partisans who value party over country at Fox news and the other right wing infotainment channels will also add to the attempts to delegitimize the Biden administration. Can these bad actors be charged with sedition or other crimes? I know that the sedition acts were all mostly overturned in the 20’s and all that remains is the Smith act which is pretty weak, but we are entering an unprecedented time where a duly elected President of the United States may be viewed as illegitimate by ~40% of the population due to the dishonest and inciting rhetoric of the cult of Trump. Can anything be done about this? Are there any steps that can be taken against these bad actors, or at lease those with a pulpit, from trying to delegitimize the democratically elected government?
And a final comment: I know that a lot of people claimed that President Trump was not legitimate in that he did not get a majority of the popular vote or whatever. The same claims were made about President Bush during and after his adminstration. Hell, a lot of people claimed President Obama was not legitimate either; mostly the birthers but there were others. This is all clearly bullshit and I believe this is a different and much more dangerous case. In the main it was not elected officials or pundits that made these claims but individual citizens with no official standing. We have freedom of speech in this country and people can mostly voice their opinions up until they start yelling fire in a crowded theater. Now, however, we have the President of the United States, a bunch of elected and politically appointed officials including the secretary of state and attorney general, and many popular media figures making thinly veiled or even bold claims that the election was somehow illegitimate. I believe this is dangerous and unprecedented; am I wrong?