U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin: Who Will Rescue America?

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., right, makes a point during a Q&A session moderated by Herschel Nachlis of the Rockefeller Center during Raskin’s speech at Dartmouth Monday evening. (Photo by Ben Joel ’27) s leading House manager in the second Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump and a member of the Congressional committee that investigated the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., has been a sharp critic of Trump’s refusal to accept defeat in the 2020 election. On Monday evening, delivering the Roger S. Aaron ’64 lecture sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy in Filene, Raskin placed Trump within a larger landscape of major threats to a free and fair society, in the years ahead. Quote He’s repeatedly said, ‘clear out the rule of law, clear out the Constitution.’ This is one of the defining characteristics of a fascist or authoritarian political party. Attribution U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., on Donald Trump Speaking just over two weeks before New Hampshire’s presidential primary on Jan. 23, Raskin compared Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement to authoritarian look-alikes, and warned that his supporters in Congress, and even on the Supreme Court, “are combining to try to dismantle democracy in America, and they’re not hiding it in any particular way.” “Donald Trump says he wants to be a dictator on day one,” Raskin said. “He’s repeatedly said, ‘clear out the rule of law, clear out the Constitution.’ This is one of the defining characteristics of a fascist or authoritarian political party, the political sign. A fascist party has a cult of authoritarian personality, and the will of the leader is elevated above the rule of law and above the Constitution. A fascist political party does not accept the results of democratic elections that […]

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