The Crisis Our Democracy Faces Isn’t Just Trump – It’s Also Unfettered Social Media

WAXWORD

The ability to amass a following, communicate to followers directly with no regulation or mediation by our government is not a leak in our boat but a gaping hole

For a minute there, I thought the worst was behind us. Let’s take a tally of what happened to our democracy last week: Control of the Senate flipped from the venal grip of Mitch McConnell to the Democrats; a violent mob failed in their attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential win; Donald Trump was exposed as having incited the insurrection at the Capitol; he was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and calls came for his resignation, impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment because of it.

On the whole, you could say it was a turbulent and scary week, but our democracy came through it.

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman