Senior House Democrat James Clyburn says Donald Trump ‘doesn’t plan to have an election’


Senior House Democrat James Clyburn says Donald Trump ‘doesn’t plan to have an election and he’s not planning to give up the office’ after comparing the president to a dictator

  • The House Majority Whip told CNN Sunday Trump will try to ‘hold onto office’ 
  • Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election 
  •  ‘He’s not planning to give up the office’, Clyburn had told PBS on Friday
  • He added: ‘He thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler’
  • On Sunday Clyburn compared Trump to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini

Senior House Democrat James Clyburn on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator.  

The House Majority Whip  told CNN: ‘I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office. 

‘And that is why the American people had better wake up. I know a little bit about history, and I know how countries find their demise. It is when we fail to let democracy, and the fundamentals of which is a fair, unfettered election.’

Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until ‘people can properly, securely and safely vote’. In March last year South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the ‘greatest threats to democracy’ in his lifetime. 

Senior House Democrat James Clyburn, pictured, on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator

Senior House Democrat James Clyburn, pictured, on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator

Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until 'people can properly, securely and safely vote'. In March South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the 'greatest threats to democracy' in his lifetime

Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until ‘people can properly, securely and safely vote’. In March South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the ‘greatest threats to democracy’ in his lifetime

Clyburn had told PBS on Friday: ‘I have been saying now for about three years that this president doesn’t plan to have an election. He’s not planning to give up the office. 

‘He thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler.’ 

He added Sunday: ‘I feel very strongly that this man has taken on strong-arm tactics’ before comparing Trump to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. 

Clyburn is the third-ranking Democrat in the House. In March last year he said: ‘Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into’ it.

‘Nobody would have believed it now. But swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany. We had better be very careful.’ 

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