Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton wrote in an op-ed for The Atlantic on Monday that “our democracy is in crisis” because of the Trump administration’s “incompetence.”
President Donald “Trump and his cronies do so many despicable things that it can be hard to keep track,” the former Democratic nominee for president wrote. “I think that may be the point—to confound us, so it’s harder to keep our eye on the ball. The ball, of course, is protecting American democracy. As citizens, that’s our most important charge. And right now, our democracy is in crisis.”
“I don’t use the word crisis lightly. There are no tanks in the streets. The administration’s malevolence may be constrained on some fronts — for now — by its incompetence. But our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back. There’s not a moment to lose.”
Clinton goes on to list various “fronts” of Trump’s “assault on our democracy,” including his attacks on the press, his assertions of power over the Justice Department, his unwillingness to accept Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, his habit of making false or misleading claims, the corruption in his administration and his divisiveness.
“Trump may be uniquely hostile to the rule of law, ethics in public service, and a free press,” Clinton wrote. “But the assault on our democracy didn’t start with his election.”
Clinton blames “a small group of right-wing billionaires” for “building an alternative reality where science is denied, lies masquerade as truth, and paranoia flourishes,” and “undermining the common factual framework that allows a free people to deliberate together and make the important decisions of self-governance.”
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