Clyburn draws parallel between US today and Germany before Nazis

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (DSC) on Sunday said he saw parallels between the current threat to US democracy and the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy in the 1930s.

Clyburn told “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream that voting denials and calling the press hostile “caused all sorts of damage to democracy.”

“I teach history and I’m telling you what I see here is similar to what history was in this world in the 1930s in Germany, in Italy,” Clyburn said. “The facts are very clear.”

Last week, Clyburn, the third highest-ranking Democrat in the country, made similar comments to Fox News Digital when discussing the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in his own home.

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“The country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the greatest democracy, when it elected a chancellor who then elected the media,” Clyburn said in the interview. “The past president called the press the enemy of the people. That’s a bunch of crap. And that is what is happening in this country. “

Nearly 60 percent of registered voters see the mainstream media as a threat to democracy.

President Biden and the Democrats are trying to make the threat to democracy a central theme in the midterms, pointing to former President Trump and his allies spreading false claims about the 2020 election and refusing to commit to accepting the results this year.

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They have also warned of a resurgence of political violence following an attack late last month on Paul Pelosi, who is recovering after a successful operation.

Paul Pelosi was hit in the head with a hammer by an assailant who was allegedly looking for Nancy Pelosi. Democratic leaders have linked Paul Pelosi’s attack to the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, when pro-Trump rioters chanted for Nancy Pelosi’s name.

At an event last week, President Biden said “democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refused to accept the results of the 2020 election,” in a direct reference to Trump.

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Former President Barack Obama has also campaigned aggressively in recent weeks and warned that Americans should vote to preserve democracy in Tuesday’s polls and rejected more than 200 people who refused to run for office.

Clyburn on Sunday also said that Americans should reject election denial.

“If they lie, they deny it, they try to erase it, they try to cancel our vote, vote against that stupidity,” he said. “We have to decide how we want to be in this world, and that’s what we’re talking about.”


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