Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sounded the alarm on Sunday, cautioning that a potential second term for Donald Trump could resemble the leadership style of Vladimir Putin in Russia and other conservative and authoritarian world leaders.
Raskin warned, “It would look a lot like Viktor Orbán in Hungary ― ‘illiberal democracy,’ meaning democracy without rights or liberties or respect for the due process, the system, the rule of law.” The Democratic congressman expressed his concerns during an interview with MSNBC’s Jen Psaki.
He continued, “In fact, there’s not much democracy left to it because their position is they don’t accept the integrity of any election where they lose. That is the hallmark of an authoritarian party.”
“They don’t accept elections that don’t go their ways,” he said. “They refuse to disavow political violence. They embrace political violence as an instrument for obtaining power and then everything flows from the will of a charismatic politician, and that is Donald Trump in their book.”
Raskin cautioned that “we are clearly headed into a completely different form of government than any of us would recognize as continuous with the past. Right-wing authoritarian government in league with [Russia’s] Putin, [China’s] Xi, [Hungary’s] Orbán, [Brazil’s] Bolsonaro, you name it.”
Psaki highlighted Putin, Xi, and Orbán as “some serious authoritarian dictators” and inquired if they could serve as an example of where America might be headed.
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