On Monday, former President Barack Obama slammed the GOP cowardice and warned that US democracy is in dire danger as Republicans have been forced into accepting “unrecognizable and unacceptable” positions after Donald Trump took over their party.
During an interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Obama said he never thought the “dark spirits” that began to rise among Republicans during his two terms as president would later become the base of the party.
“I thought that there were enough guardrails institutionally that even after Trump was elected that you would have the so-called Republican established who would say, ‘Ok, you know, it’s a problem if the White House … doesn’t seem to be concerned about Russian meddling,’ or ‘It’s a problem if we have a president who’s saying that … Neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, there’s good people on both sides.'”
Instead of calling out questionable behavior, Obama said the Republican establishment was “cowed into accepting” the statements that “would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago.”
“We have to worry,” Obama told Cooper, “when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago.”
Republicans initially criticized the mayhem that overtook the Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in lawmakers and Vice President Pence scrambling for safety as a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol building. However, many later walked back their comments and criticisms of former President Trump.
“And then poof, suddenly everybody was back in line,” Obama said.
“I didn’t expect that there would be so few people who would say, ‘Well I don’t mind losing my office because this is too important, America’s too important, our democracy is too important,'” Obama said. “We didn’t see that.”
Obama also warned, that. just like Poland and Hungary, the US could become an authoritarian state if Republicans continue to undermine our democracy.
The former president said he still hoped that “the tides will turn,” but added “it doesn’t happen just automatically.”
Former President Barack Obama says, "We have to worry when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago." pic.twitter.com/uKtzcHbozW
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 8, 2021