Note: this piece was originally published in The Los Angeles Times. It includes commentary from Checks & Balances’ event with Judge Michael Luttig on pathways to reform the Electoral Count Act and stand up for the rule of law.
Lately, however, events have provoked him to go public about his concerns about “the existential threat” to the Republican Party, and by extension our democracy. Many conservative readers tell me to get over Trump, forget Jan. 6 and quit fretting about democracy. I won’t, but neither will Luttig, a protege of former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, law clerk to Antonin Scalia, a judge for 15 years on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and a contender on George W. Bush’s shortlist of Supreme Court candidates.
Here’s Luttig’s lament about Trump’s Republican Party this week to a group of conservative lawyers:
“For the past six years, I have watched and listened in disgust that not one single leader of ours with the moral authority, the courage and the will to stand up and say, ‘No, this is not who we are, this is not what America is and it’s not what we want to be,’ has done so.”