Journalist and Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill warned Bill Maher and his Real Time panel on Friday not to downplay Donald Trump’s ascendance to the top of the Republican Party.
“I believe that what we’re seeing with Trump has whiffs of how Hitler rose to power,” Scahill said.
Scahill argued that Trump’s anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric gave public voice to what he called “a significant minority of the population,” which caused it to feel emboldened enough to openly espouse their own bigoted beliefs.
“Trump has brought to the public the fact that we have a real strain of fascism in this country,” he told Maher.
At the same time, he said, neither of the Democratic candidates — Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders — can claim to be “doveish” in comparison.
“As a journalist, I’m not a Democrat or Republican,” he said. “I believe in holding all of these people accountable — including Bernie Sanders, who actually supported regime change in Iraq as much as he wants to attack Hillary.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Friday, below.
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"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.
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The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."