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How January 6 Is Poisoning Politics

As the midterms approach, the January 6 hearings have become must-see TV. But will they change voters’ minds at the polls?

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  • Jonathan Martin
  • Betsy Fischer Martin
How January 6 Is Poisoning Politics

Over 13 million Americans tuned in to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol hearings this summer, and they are ramping up again right before the midterm elections. The fallout is igniting the bases of both parties, with concerns for the state of democracy hitting a fever pitch.

Deep fissures plague American democracy, and they have only intensified since the insurrection. How will this mounting concern about the future of democracy translate at the polls in November? Are the hearings bringing the nation together or further deepening the divisions?

Few journalists have their finger on the pulse of the nation’s political discord like New York Times Senior Political Correspondent and CNN Political Analyst Jonathan Martin, whose New York Times bestseller This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future tells the behind-the-scenes political history of 2020 and 2021, capturing the stress test of American democracy inside both parties.

Join us for a live conversation with Jonathan Martin on September 13 at 1 p.m. for an in-depth look at the impact of January 6 on America’s political divisions and how it’s being felt across the nation, moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, the executive director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and former executive producer of Meet the Press with Tim Russert.


  • Jonathan Martin, Senior Political Correspondent, The New York Times, Political Analyst, CNN; coauthor, New York Times bestseller This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future
  • Moderator: Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute at American University; Former Executive Producer, Meet the Press with Tim Russert.

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