Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), one of the most powerful members of Congress took hyperbole to another level today when he said President Trump and his family represent the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime.
When asked about Trump’s widely criticized remarks about deceased Senator John McCain, Clyburn blurted out his ridiculous Trump-Hitler comparison.
Per Hot Air:
“Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into” it,” he said. “Nobody would have believed it now. But swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany. We had better be very careful.”
McCain was a “hero of our United States armed services,” Clyburn said, adding that Trump was targeting him just like he’d sought to discredit previous presidents, the Congress, and the free press.
“We are asking for dire consequences. And I think it’s time for the Congress — House, and Senate — to grow spines, and do what is necessary to protect this democracy. This man and his family are the greatest threats to democracy of my lifetime,” he said.
This isn’t just any Democrat spouting off about “the greatest threats to democracy” in his long lifetime, this is the House Majority Whip. Clyburn is a longtime right-hand man to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is the second time recently he has made the comparison of Trump’s America and the current political atmosphere to Hitler’s rise in Germany. He spoke in those terms after the State of the Union address in January.