Rep. Jim Clyburn slams Trump for refusing to concede: ‘That’s what Hitler did in Germany’
House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) appeared on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” and let loose with harsh criticism of President Trump’s refusal to concede in the 2020 presidential election. He went so far as to compare Trump’s actions to those deployed by the Nazis in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany.
Clyburn, who has been known for extreme comments in the past and his dislike of President Trump, made his remarks Tuesday night while speaking with Chris Cuomo live on-air on CNN. He was asked by Cuomo how probable it was that the Trump campaign would attempt to get Republican legislatures in states that Joe Biden won to replace Biden electors with Trump electors.
“I know you guys are standing by and watching and hoping for the best,” said Cuomo, “but hopefully you’re preparing for the worst as well. What if they go to the state legislatures and say, ‘forget about the vote. We don’t trust it, right? Pick your own electors.’ State legislatures can do that in a bunch of the states.”
“Yes, they can do that,” Clyburn stated. “But I don’t think they can do that to the tune of 270. There is no question about that.”
Clyburn went on to note that even though he did not think that was likely to happen, he was still worried over it.
“It may happen,” said Clyburn, “and then I’ve been telling people for a long time now, I’m beginning to see what happened in Germany back in the 1930s. I never thought that could happen in this country. How do you elect a person president, then all of a sudden give him the authority to be dictator? That’s what we are teetering on here.”
“That’s what Hitler did in Germany,” Clyburn reiterated, recounting that after Hitler became chancellor, he “successfully discredited the news media,” and was able to then take over the churches and the rest of the country.
“I cannot see that happening here. It may happen, but if it did that means the American people are much more — less, I should say — intelligent than I think they are.”
Cuomo ruefully shook his head and opined concerning “hard days.”
“You know, I joke just so I keep from crying,” Cuomo confided in Clyburn. “These are hard days, and I hope your party is ready to fight for the democracy and find ways to make these Republicans come to their senses. I know they’re afraid of the base but they have to value something more than that at some point.”
Clyburn also said that he did not expect Trump to transition into an authoritarian figure, but said that the U.S. was in for some “rough sledding” as the president contests the results of the election, which was called for his opponent Joe Biden by the Democrats and the media on Saturday. The election has not been certified yet.
“I do believe that we are in for some rough sledding, but I don’t think it’s going to get any more ugly than it already has been,” said Clyburn.
Clyburn was an early backer of Biden. His endorsement ahead of the South Carolina primary is credited with reviving Biden’s campaign, which at the time faced a serious challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).