Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) warned on Sunday that if Donald Trump is re-elected in 2024, the country would look at a lot like Russia and other authoritarian regimes.
“The role of the government in his view is to advance his political fortunes and destroy his political enemies So what would a second term look like? It would look a lot like Vladimir Putin in Russia. It would look a lot like Viktor Orban in Hungary — illiberal democracy, meaning democracy without rights, or liberties, or respect for the due process, the system, the rule of law,” Raskin told MSNBC’s Jen Psaki.
“They don’t accept elections that don’t go their way. 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 said.
“So 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 Putin,Xi Jinping, Orban, Bolsonaro, you name it,” he added.
Raskin’s comments are similar to those made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week when she compared Trump to Adolf Hitler while warning about a second Trump term.
“Hitler was duly elected right? And so, all of a sudden, somebody with those tendencies, the dictatorial, authoritarian tendencies, would be like ‘oh OK, we’re going to shut this down, we’re going to throw these people in jail,’ and they didn’t usually telegraph that. Trump is telling us what he intends to do,” Clinton said on The View. “Take him at his word.”
Trump has given several of hints about what he would do in a second term, many of which suggest he would become more extreme and challenging to the rule of law than his first term in office.