The rise of former President Donald Trump was no fluke and “was just the beginning” of the Republican Party’s draconian plan to impose radical right-wing rule in the United States, Ryan Williams, the leader of the Claremont Institute, said in a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic that was published on Friday.
After getting Williams to admit that his organization considers only white Christians to be real Americans, correspondent Emma Green asked him if the GOP having lost the popular vote in five of the last seven presidential elections is evidence that his movement exists on the fringes of the political spectrum.
Nope. Instead, he suggested that minority rule is what the Founders really wanted.
“I reject the premise that just because the popular vote isn’t won, you don’t possess a constitutional majority. We have an Electoral College system for a reason. Democracy, for the Founders, was a means to the end of the protection of rights. They set up a republic, not a democracy. The rule of pure numbers was never the touchstone of justice for the Founders. But the persistent inability of the right to win popular majorities — that is a problem. Ours is a project of persuading our fellow citizens, even independents and Democrats, that the current regime is on the wrong track,” said Williams.
Green was struck by Williams’s claim that votes are irrelevant.
“As a descriptive matter, do you think you guys are actually speaking for a silent majority in America that’s actually sympathetic to your goals?” she asked.
“That’s a testable proposition. I hope so. Trump showed the way it could be done. That was just the beginning,” Williams replied.
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