Clyburn: Trump’s ‘Strongarm Tactics’ Show He Doesn’t Want to ‘Peacefully Transfer Power’

Clyburn: Trump’s ‘Strongarm Tactics’ Show He Doesn’t Want to ‘Peacefully Transfer Power’

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said Sunday that he doubts President Trump wants to ensure a run-of-the-mill transfer of power should be lose his reelection bid.

“I have been saying now for about three years that this president doesn’t plan to have an election,” Clyburn told Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union. “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 were duped by Adolf Hitler.”

The number two House Democrat maintained that the president “has taken on strongarm tactics,” including floating the idea of postponing the election and sowing doubt about mail-in ballots.

“I don’t think he plans to leave the White House,” Clyburn explained. “He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto the office and that’s why the American people had better wake up.”

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William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.