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Raskin suggests Trump movement shows ‘characteristics of a fascist political party’

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) cited former President Trump’s recent calls for a new election and his claims that if re-elected he would pardon participants in the deadly Capitol riot from Jan. 6 while discussing the “characteristics of a fascist political party” on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

Driving the news: In a Truth Social article last week, Trump repeated baseless allegations of fraud in the 2020 election and called for the “rightful winner” to be declared or for the election to be declared “irretrievably compromised and let there be a new election, immediately!”

  • A few days later, Trump appeared on the conservative Wendy Bell Radio show and said that if re-elected he would “look very, very favorably on full pardons” for the Jan. 6 rioters.

In a primetime address On Thursday night, President Biden condemned Trump and the “MAGA forces,” saying they “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

  • Trump and his supporters are determined to “take this country back. Back to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to birth control, no right to ‘marry who you love,’ Biden said.

What they say : “If he says the election should be rerun, which he’s been saying all along, that’s outside the Constitution,” Raskin said, referring to Trump.

  • “There is no procedure for the army to take over the electoral machine and organize a new election,” he added.
  • “And, look, more than 60 courts have thrown out all of the allegations of voter fraud and corruption that Donald Trump has made.”

“Two of the hallmarks of a fascist political party are, one, they don’t accept election results that don’t go their way. And two, they embrace political violence,” Raskin said.

  • “That’s why Joe Biden was right to sound the alarm this week about these continued attacks on our constitutional order from the outside by Donald Trump and his movement.”

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