This Democratic leader has just broken the first rule of politics



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Policy Rule 1 reads: Don’t compare anything to Nazi Germany. Not just

Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, broke that rule in an interview with Fox News over the weekend.

In the interview, Clyburn spoke about comments he made last week that the U.S. was “on the verge of repeating what happened in Germany.”

“The facts are very clear,” Clyburn said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I have studied history all my life. I taught history. And I tell you, what I see here is a parallel to the history of Germany, Italy, the world in the 1930s”.

Clyburn pointed out that voting for “suffrage deniers” and “scumbags” means supporting the same kinds of structures that led to the rise of fascist states in Germany and Italy.

Clyburn was also asked about another recent comment in which “the loss of this democracy could very well be the end of the world.”

“No one has said that the world is ending. “Democracy will end,” Clyburn added about an election won by those who rejected the 2020 results. “The world would continue to exist. The world was here before Hitler, the world was here after Hitler.”

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Pressed again on the “end of the world” note, Clyburn said he “misspoke.”

Before we go any further, it is worth noting that the comparison here with the Nazi regime, which led to the systematic murder of over 6 million Jews, is a mistake. It’s just There is nothing at our point in time to suggest that we are anywhere near that.

This does not mean, however, that democracy is under real threat. It is There are those who deny that the 2020 elections were free and fair for high office in states from Arizona to Michigan to Pennsylvania.

Not everyone will win. But some probably will. And it’s hard to imagine that the same people who denied the fairness of the 2020 election, without any evidence, might not do the same if the 2024 election doesn’t go their way.

This poses a serious threat to our way of life. After all, if we cannot accept that our leaders were fairly elected and have faith in the system, it is very difficult to imagine how we can expect anyone to govern effectively.

How bad! Very bad! But it is worth remembering that democracy was celebrated in 2020, even though it was under active attack by Donald Trump and his henchmen.

We should be on the alert for the potential rise of authoritarian politicians who would abolish things like the rule of law to further their political agendas.

But let’s stop making the Nazi Germany comparison. For our own good.