Steve Schmidt ‘Very Worried About’ Future Coups by ‘Pro-Autocracy’ Republican Extremists
MSNBC commentator Steve Schmidt said Tuesday that the Republican Party presents an imminent danger to American democracy, just hours after he appeared on the network to announce that he, a former GOP strategist, had switched his political affiliation to the Democratic Party.
“At the end of the day, there’s now one pro-democracy political party in the United States of America and that’s the Democratic Party, and I am a member of that party because of that,” Schmidt said on The Reidout.
“I’m a single-issue voter. I believe in American democracy,” Schmidt explained. “What happened in the month of November premeditatedly, deliberately, faith and belief in American democracy was poisoned by President Trump, culminating with 126 members of the House of Representatives and 18 Republicans attorney generals signing an amicus brief to a garbage lawsuit that is, in essence, a declaration of repudiation of American democracy. Do not look at their signing onto that brief as some type of legal action. It was not. It was a political declaration. And the political declaration was one in where they turn their backs on the tradition of American democracy. We should understand what we’re looking at.”
Schmidt, who renounced his relationship with the GOP in 2018 to become an Independent, decried the scourge of thuggish demonstrations by far-right Trump supporters that jolted Washington, DC over the weekend.
“This was fascistic, political, right-wing extremist violence on the streets of the nation’s capital. We have seen in this country our cities burn. We have seen the rage that rises up from injustice and people who feel they have nothing burning down the property of people that they feel have something,” said Schmidt. “It’s not right. I don’t approve of it. This was a different type of violence than that type of violence this weekend.”
Schmidt continued, likening the proto-fascist political factions to which Trump and the Republicans have tethered themselves to the Nazi brown shirts who terrorized vulnerable populations in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.
“This was an assertion of right-wing political violence by the president of the United States. We saw that in 1930s in Germany. We would have recognized it if they had black and brown uniforms,” Schmidt warned. “We’re at a dangerous hour in this country. Here’s a coalition that now exists that didn’t exist in the past. It’s a pro-democracy coalition, and it has people on the left in the center, some on the right, who believe still the people in the country are sovereign. We’re a nation of people by the people for the people and the people decide what are leaders are. The leaders don’t decide how long they get to serve. We decide. So, we now have a fundamental question in the country that will play out over many years ahead, and I’m very worried about it.”
Schmidt cautioned that “the pro-democracy side of this coalition can never again lose a presidential election to the pro-autocracy side, because we may not have another election after that one,” adding that the farcical schemes efforted by Trump and his sycophantic enablers to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election are harbingers of future plots to overthrow the United States government.
“This played out as a farce, mostly over the month of November, except for the actual poisoning of the polity. It was a joke in a lot of ways, but it was a coup. It was a failed coup,” Schmidt said. “The way you get to a second coup in most countries is by having your first unsuccessful one. It’s shameful conduct, dangerous conduct, and the country is in a dangerous hour, and unlike one we have been in before, because of the seditious activities of these Republican attorneys general and members of the House.”
Thirty-five days until the inauguration.