Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union”, host Dana Bash pressed House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) over comments he had made Friday during an interview with PBS with Judy Woodruff.
Clyburn told Woodruff: “This president doesn’t plan to have an election. He isn’t planning to give up the office. He thinks that the American people will be duped by him like the people of German was duped by Adolf Hitler.”
Dana Bash pressed Rep. Clyburn over his comments, asking: “Do you really think Donald Trump is comparable to Adolf Hitler?”
“What I said started about two, maybe three years ago, after one of his State of the Unions– that I feel very strongly that man has taken on strongarm tactics. And I feel very strongly that he is Mussolini, Putin– is Hitler. I said that back then, and I believe it,” Clyburn claimed of President Trump.
“I believe very strongly that this guy never had any idea about being – want to peacefully transfer power. I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections,” the Democratic lawmaker continued. “I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue hold onto office.”
“And that’s why the American people had better wake up. I know a little bit about history, and I know how countries find their demise,” Clyburn added. Video Below
Rep. James Clyburn’s official remarks:
“I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office,” Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says about Pres. Trump. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/q0CgdTwWcX
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 2, 2020
In a separate interview on “Fox & Friends”, Rep. Clyburn was asked about protesters who burnt Bibles in Portland.
Clyburn responded by saying: “I don’t know anything about burning Bibles. Everybody’s got their own religion. And I know the Koran. You know, I know the Bible, New and Old Testament very well. And so, just because somebody may believe in the Koran, that’s their business. So burning a Bible doesn’t do anything about burning down a federal building. … What federal building has been under threat? Who attempted to burn any federal buildings?”
When asked about rioters in Portland burning bibles, Democrat Rep. James Clyburn responds, "that's their business."
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 2, 2020
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