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January 6 Hearing Day 4: Will we ever trust or feel safe about the presidential election process again?

In a review of how distrust and conspiracy thinking work, experts discuss suggestions about overcoming problems with trust in federal and presidential election systems.

Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a former Georgia election worker, wipes her eyes as she testifies on June 21. She told the committee about “hateful” and “racist” threats she received via Facebook.


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In laying the narrative of how former President Trump’s camp continued the pressure to overturn the 2020 election results, today’s January 6th committee hearing demonstrated his scheme to submit fake slates of electors.

However, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified he resisted Trump's pressure campaign to force states to overturn their certified election results.

Also, Mark Meadow's ex-aide testified that the White House counsel's office knew the "fake electors" scheme was potentially illegal.

And then there’s the testimony by Shaye Moss and the recorded video of her mom, which were compelling and heart-wrenching recounts of their horrific experience as election workers in Georgia.

With findings like these, it’s no surprise that some feel this creates a trend of mistrust in government and this could possibly be why trust went down so much after the 2020 election.

Some even say Trump has created a party where if you don’t believe in the “Big Lie”, you are no longer welcome to be a member of the Republican party.

To help dissect today’s proceedings further, federal election administration and law experts take listener calls to discuss some of the allegations, false narratives, and how things work.


Mitchell Brown

Stephen Vladeck

  • Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law

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