Jamie Raskin warns of Trump’s control over GOP, ‘authoritarian approach’
Congressman Jamie Raskin on Sunday warned of the emergence of authoritarian tendencies within the Republican Party, which remains largely controlled by former President Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump’s GOP now positions itself outside the constitutional order,” the Democrat of Maryland told ABC News’ This week. “They are attacking our constitutional processes and they are attacking the result of our elections.”
Raskin, who sits on the special House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot on the United States Capitol, added, “The GOP will rule, or they will ruin the prospects for political democracy to move forward. ‘another way, and that’s a fundamentally authoritarian approach. “
Raskin said some Republicans use “totalitarian tactics” when they “come up with lies” alleging voter fraud despite the lack of evidence to back up those claims.
Raskin was primarily responsible for impeaching the House during Trump’s second impeachment and dismissed the ex-president’s allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. He said earlier this month that he refused to let American democracy “collapse”.
Opinions vary on why Trump remains so dominant in the Republican Party. FiveThirtyEight CEO Nate Silver noted on ABC News ” This week Sunday that “usually when presidential candidates lose elections, their parties seek a new face in the new round. But the evidence shows quite clearly that Trump is different.”
“Trump has been very successful in capturing people with fear, with prejudice, with emotions,” David Schultz, professor of politics at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Friday. . “The Republican Party is Trump now. Without Trump, I don’t think there is a Republican Party.”
Trump is “the best-known Republican politician,” whether he is liked or not, agreed Matthew Dickinson, professor of politics at Middlebury College in Vermont, also speaking to Al Jazeera. “Most of the Republican establishment [doesn’t] like him, your electoral fortune is tied to Donald Trump’s ability to mobilize voters on your behalf. “
Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump, said on Thursday that the former president was still the Republicans’ favorite, mainly because of GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“Kevin McCarthy alone is rightfully the reason Donald Trump is still a force in the party,” Kinzinger told The Associated Press. “This wholehearted embrace, which I saw firsthand among the members, not only scared them to confront Trump, but in some cases also wholeheartedly embraced him.”
News week contacted Trump’s office for comment.