Top Democrat DEFENDS US following a similar path to the rise of the Nazis: Rep. Jim Clyburn says there are ‘parallels’ with 1930s Germany and democracy will ‘end’ if Republicans win in the meantime
- Rep. Jim Clyburn is the third-highest-ranked Democratic member of the House
- On Sunday, he walked back, claiming a GOP win means the world would ‘end’
- He did say that “democracy will end” if Republicans prevail on Tuesday
- Clyburn also said there are ‘parallels’ between 1930s Germany and the US
- Democrats have turned their attention to warning about the threats to democracy
- Polls still show the economy is the top concern for US voters
One of the leading Democrats in Congress has doubled down on his claims that there are comparisons between the US today and Germany in the 1930s, when the Nazis became increasingly popular.
Speaking just two days before the midterm elections, House Majority Whip James Clyburn also told: Fox News Sunday that “democracy will end” if the Democrats lose in the midterm elections.
Clyburn backtracked on previous comments that a loss to Democrats would be the end of the world, saying he “missed.”
However, he maintained that Republican Party deniers are a threat to American democracy.
‘The world will not end. The kind of world we have, the kind of country we have — we have to decide how we want to exist in this world, and that’s what we’re talking about,” he told Fox News’ Shannon Bream.
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Speaking days before the midterm elections, House Majority Whip James Clyburn also told Fox News on Sunday that “democracy will end” if Democrats lose in the midterm elections.
Clyburn added that he also sees parallels in the US with Germany in the 1930s before Adolf Hitler came to power.
‘I’ve studied history all my life. I taught history. And I tell you, what I see here are parallels to what the history of this world was like in the 1930s in Germany.’
He was invited to the network on Sunday after an interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday, where he blamed the right for causing the circumstances that led to the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband last week.
“This country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the largest democracy, when it elected a chancellor who then co-opted the media,” he said. Fox News Digital on Thursday.
This former president called the press the enemy of the people. That’s a lot of nonsense. And that’s what’s going on in this country.’
Hitler was appointed German chancellor in 1933, on his way to becoming an absolute dictator.
Clyburn alluded to Adolf Hitler’s rise in 1930s Germany when he attacked Republicans
Last Wednesday, Biden made an appeal to his supporters, describing the stakes at stake in the midterm elections.
“We the people must decide whether the rule of law will prevail or whether we will allow the dark forces to thirst — that thirst for power is above the principles that have guided us for a long time,” he said.
Republicans reacted furiously to the speech, but pointed out that the election is expected to be determined by pocketbooks and not by broad appeal to democracy.
But now that Senate control is well balanced, Biden’s public may very well have been Democratic supporters still trying to decide whether to bother to vote.
“American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election,” Biden said.
“He refuses to accept the will of the people. He refuses to accept that he has lost.’
Republicans also accused Biden of playing two sides, accusing them of demonizing opponents while doing the exact same thing themselves.
Clyburn said they were different things.
President Joe Biden linked the attack on Paul Pelosi to former President Donald Trump and his refusal to accept defeat in the 2020 presidential election
Nancy Pelosi is pictured here in December 2019 dining with her husband Paul; Biden opened his speech by talking about the attack on Paul last week
“Give me the name, and maybe even the address of the person he demonized,” he said.
“He talked about a philosophy that’s going on in this country. He didn’t credit anyone who wouldn’t sit on busts in that window. And hit him on the head with a hammer. He had never demonized anyone.
He echoed Biden by saying that the choice in Tuesday’s election was a choice between autocracy and democracy.
And when questioned about why voters should ignore record inflation and high gas prices to keep Democrats in check, he downplayed the role of economic concerns in voting decisions.
‘I think people should vote in their own interest. And their self-interest is much more than what you pay or don’t pay for petrol or a loaf of bread.’