On Thursday (November 3), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-.S.C.) put the blame on Republicans for the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA.) husband, claiming it was the “demonization” of the House Speaker that led to the attack and comparing the U.S. to 1930s Germany.
Clyburn made the comments in an interview with Fox News Digital, saying, “This country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the greatest democracy going when it elected a chancellor that then co-opted the media.”
Clyburn then turned his attention to former President Donald Trump, censuring Trump for calling “the press the enemy of the people,” explaining, “That is a bunch of crap. And that is what’s going on in this country.”
The day prior, Biden made similar remarks, seemingly blaming the right for the attack on Paul Pelosi.
During his speech on Wednesday, his last significant address before the midterm elections, Biden blamed the right for Paul Pelosi’s assault, pointing to Republican election denialism, voter intimidation, and supporting political violence as causes.
However, Clyburn — who denounced Republicans’ “demonization” of Nancy Pelosi — didn’t see Biden vilifying “ultra-MAGA Republicans” as comparable.
Instead, Clyburn claimed Biden’s rhetoric regarding Trump’s supporters isn’t comparable because the President is directing his harsh comments at a “philosophy,” not an individual.
The House Majority Whip also downplayed economic troubles when asked why voters should keep Democrats in charge of the House in the face of rising inflation.
Clyburn claimed, “I think that people should be voting in their own self-interest. And their self-interest is much more than what you may or may not be paying for gas or a loaf of bread.”