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One of Congress’ most powerful members just compared Trump to Hitler: ‘This man and his family are threats to democracy’

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Rep. James Clyburn (MSNBC)

The third-ranking House Democrat denounced President Donald Trump and his family as a threat to U.S. democracy — and he called on Congress to stop a president he compares to Adolf Hitler.

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said he’d never seen such a toxic political climate in his 78-year lifetime, but said he’s studied similar dynamics in Nazi Germany, reported NBC News.

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“Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany,” Clyburn said, “and he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into it. Nobody would have believed it now, but swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany. We had better be very careful.”

The lawmaker defended the late Republican Sen. John McCain from the president’s latest wave of insults, calling the U.S. Navy veteran a “hero of our United States armed services,” and urged Congress to stop Trump and his family’s attacks on democratic institutions before it’s too late.

“We are asking for dire consequences,” he said, “and I think it’s time for the Congress — House and Senate — to grow spines, and do what is necessary to protect this democracy. This man and his family are the greatest threats to democracy of my lifetime.”

Clyburn said congressional investigations could uncover evidence to support impeachment, but he said Americans should be persuaded that was necessary.

“I think all of us know that impeachment is a political concept, and if the committees do their work properly they will be able to bring the public along with them,” Clyburn said. “They will be able to set the tone for impeachment if that is deserved.”

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Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings

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Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.

The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.

It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.

Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.

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Cindy McCain crosses party lines to endorse Joe Biden

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‘They’ll get away with it’: Strategist explains how GOP federal judges will help Trump steal election

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President Donald Trump will remain in power if he narrowly loses the 2020 presidential election, with conservative judges poised to help him "steal" the election, a longtime Democratic Party strategist warned on Tuesday.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed James Carville about the Supreme Court vacancy and how it could impact any legal wrangling about counting the votes.

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