Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Monday warned of recent “frightening” developments within the GOP that he said could one day have a catastrophic effect on the country.
“We’re in real danger here,” Friedman told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Friedman feared people might be “lulled” by a false sense of security due to President Joe Biden’s lesser administration and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
But “our democracy is as threatened today” as it was when former President Donald Trump declared his intention to run for office, Friedman said, citing how most Republicans have fallen in step with the elections. Trump’s 2020 election lies over the past two weeks. The leading detractors of Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Are the exceptions to the new Republican standard, he noted.
“Subscribing to the big lie that this election was stolen has become a prerequisite for thriving, surviving and standing up in this Republican Party,” Friedman said. “What does that mean? It means this GOP is going to be built on a gigantic lie.” He asked how people could trust the ruling party if his business card was to state without merit that the vote of 2020 had been stolen.
“It happened like the last couple of weeks, where everyone lined up and people like (House Minority Leader) Kevin McCarthy – their willingness to prostitute themselves politically to, you know, get Speaker of the House, it’s breathtaking that someone would sell their soul shamelessly, ”Friedman said.
“It’s just scary,” he added. “Now imagine, if he did that, what will they do once they get in power to keep them in power?” We are in real danger here.
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