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Stress Test: How Donald Trump Threatens American Democracy

Stress Test: How Donald Trump Threatens American Democracy

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By William Cooper


A frenzy of misbehavior and misjudgment currently threatens the American polity. Donald Trump is the center of the storm. His words, deeds and basic instincts are fundamentally at odds with America’s long-held essential ideals. But Trump isn’t the only problem. Many of his friends, and plenty of his foes, also consistently violate important norms and traditions while seeking short-term political victories. This bipartisan race to the bottom is a stress test of the world’s preeminent constitutional democracy. It continues today.

This collection of columns, previously published in newspapers around the world, looks at two things through the lens of the law: The  presidency of Donald J. Trump and the response to the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

William Cooper is an attorney and columnist. His writings have appeared in over 100 publications globally including the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, USA Today and Jerusalem Post.



"Stress Test is a compelling rallying cry for democratic institutions under threat in America."
- Publishers Weekly


"A compelling and sensible overview of America’s emerging democratic crisis ... the book’s reasoned tone and bipartisan critiques are a welcome perspective in an increasingly polarized and heated political landscape." - Kirkus Reviews

"An excellent short historical and predictive account of where America stands today and how recent history will inform its future.." - Manhattan Book Review

"The author’s analysis of the American political landscape during this chaotic period is pertinent, and he succeeds in showcasing the foundational ideals of the American government in his writings. He does an excellent job of describing the “stress test” that America withstands as Trump continues to rally with his political base" - Kate Robinson, The US Book Of Reviews

  “William Cooper is an insightful and thought-provoking writer about US politics. He deserves to be widely read.” —Thomas Plate, bestselling author and Oped Columnist at South China Morning Post 

"William Cooper's collection of columns is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of our democracy." —Reader' Favorite (Five-Star Review)

“William Cooper is a welcome splash of reality on money, law and politics.” - Tennessee Tribune

“United States journalist William Cooper provides keen insights about America’s constitutional democracy.” —Modern Ghana

“William Cooper is a very insightful and pertinent author about world affairs.” —The City Paper Bogotá


“William Cooper is a leading global commentator on US politics.” - Channel News Asia

“William Cooper’s … editorials are always thought-provoking and spark much-needed political discussion.” —
Lindsey Chastain, Editor-in-Chief, Skiatook Journal


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