House majority whip: US ‘on track to repeat’ Nazi Germany, lowers inflation ahead of deadline
EXCLUSIVE — James Clyburn, DS.C., blamed the right-wing “demonization of Nancy Pelosi” for an attack on Paul Pelosi at their home in San Francisco, saying it was happening in a country that follows “Germany in the early 30s.”
“This country is on its way to repeating what happened in Germany when it was the largest democracy, when it elected a chancellor who then co-opted the media,” Clyburn told Fox News Digital on Thursday. “This past president called the press an enemy of the people. That’s a load of bullshit. And that’s what’s going on in this country.”
President Biden gave an impromptu speech on Wednesday, his last major address before election dayin which he seemed to point the finger to the right for attacking Paul Pelosi, while accusing Republicans of supporting political violence, election denial and voter intimidation.
Although the South Carolina Democrat has condemned the right-wing “demonization” of Nancy Pelosi, who he says is to blame for the attack, Clyburn doesn’t see Biden’s frequent vilification of “ultra-MAGA Republicans” as equivalent.
The president’s harsh rhetoric of Trump supporters is completely different, according to Clyburn, because Biden is targeting his attacks on a “philosophy” rather than an individual.
When asked why Americans should vote to remain Democrats control Congressdespite record high inflation and rising gas prices, Clyburn downplayed economic concerns.
“I think people should vote in their own self-interest. And their self-interest is much more than what you may or may not pay for gas or a loaf of bread,” he said.
Clyburn went on to suggest that the choice between Democrats and Republicans is whether to vote for democracy or autocracy, echoing President Biden’s speech on Wednesday night.
“The question is,” Clyburn said, “are we going to have a participatory society? Or are we going to have an autocracy?”
The majority opinion to voters runs counter to the advice coming from many political analysts who say Democrats must focus on economic issues with a potentially brutal election night just days away.
Democrats have raised alarm over denials during the midterms, often pointing to Republicans who refused to certify the results of the presidential election after riot at the Capitol on January 6.
However, Clyburn is among a group of Democrats who voted against awarding Ohio’s electoral votes to President George W. Bush in 2005, despite Bush winning the state by over 118,000 votes. A group of Democrats cited “electoral irregularities” as the reason for delaying the confirmation of the 2004 presidential results.
When asked if it was a denial of the election, the majority whip sharply shot down the question.
“It’s completely different,” Clyburn said. “We did not call anyone regarding the change of votes. We just voted for the process. Protesting the process is what we did. No one broke into the Capitol. No one interfered with the counting. We just voted to protest the process, which is a legitimate thing to do in this country.”
The Democratic Party has taken heat for their support of several far-right candidates in the GOP primary, who are often labeled as election deniers, hoping to nominate Republican opponents they see as more extreme and less likely to defeat a Democrat.
This strategy appears to be backfiring in at least one race where a far-right candidate could potentially win.
Democrats spent $3.2 million to boost Don Bolduc in the New Hampshire Senate primary. Now, as the GOP candidate in the general election, Bolduc’s unexpected success is causing concern among Democrats as polls show him closing in on incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan.
Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in Congress, appears to be distancing himself from his party on the issue, saying the strategy is “not something I’m advocating” and “still not something I stand by,” even if it proves successful after Dan’s election.
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