James Clyburn, the whip of the Democratic majority house, has said that President Trump is attempting a “coup” by challenging the election results.
Clyburn appeared on CNN’s New Day with John Berman making the remarks.
Clyburn: This is an attempt to overthrow our government.
“President Trump is publicly trying to dismiss the election results,” said Berman, asking Clyburn to speak out as someone who “has worked for decades to protect the sanctity of the elections.”
“This is an attempt to overthrow our government,” Clyburn said simply.
“You can’t call it a coup, but this is an attempted coup. Now some people say he’s trying to steal the election. He’s not trying to steal the choice. That means an unknown activity when you steal. “
The House Majority Whip argued that President Trump is “in your face” while he is “trying to overthrow the will of the people”.
Clyburn then compared President Trump to Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, which he had also done a few years earlier on the same network.
“If you go back and look the night before he gave his State of the Union address in 2018, I said that because I saw it coming. And that’s exactly what he’s doing here, ”he continued.
This is an attempt to overthrow our government.
You can’t call it a coup, but this is an attempted coup.
Some people say Trump is trying to steal the election.
He’s not trying to steal the choice.
He’s in your face trying to overthrow people’s will. pic.twitter.com/ZzKE0MuEqX
– James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) December 8, 2020
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Mainstream press promoting this narrative
Clyburn then encouraged his “Republican colleagues” to “stand up for the defense of this democracy, the best there is in the world today,” which he is not currently doing, and therefore “to take the risk of losing this fragile” democracy because of it the peculiarities of a person. “
“We shouldn’t let anything like that happen in this country,” he continued.
“This democracy has not always been good for me, my parents and my ancestors, but it’s for the best and we should stick to it. We shouldn’t let this go on. “
Clyburn isn’t the only mainstream figure to say President Trump is attempting a coup.
From Seth Meyers and other late-night hosts to Atlantic columnists and New Yorkers to NBC presenters, the media complex is keeping that narrative.
Trump tries to pull a coup and the NYT tries to find out which Shakespeare character he is.
– Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) December 5, 2020
In a way, the past four weeks have been a kind of Motte-and-Bailey coup attempt, in which Trump’s untenable claim that he finally won the election provided some sort of original inspiration for other Republican actors to contextualize or legalize those claims, as well always she looked fit
– Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) December 7, 2020
However, challenging election results are not a coup. As simple as that.
We haven’t even gotten to the corresponding date of the 2000 election, when Al Gore refused to admit and contested the results in Florida until December 13th of this year.
There’s a reason the “coup” tale is so popular.
If President Trump’s current lawsuits are successful and he is re-elected despite all odds, he will be declared an illegitimate president by everyone, as happened in the 2016 investigation into Russia.
It’s the same game book that is opened again.
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