New York Times opinion columnist Charles Blow claimed in a recent piece that the modern Republican Party is “a threat to our democracy.”
In the article, titled “Republicans Are America’s Problem,” Blow said it’s not “hyperbolic” to say that the GOP poses an existential threat to the whole of American government.
“We must stop thinking it hyperbolic to say that the Republican Party itself is now a threat to our democracy,” Blow wrote. “I understand the queasiness about labeling many of our fellow Americans in that way. I understand that it sounds extreme and overreaching. But how else are we supposed to describe what we are seeing?”
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“Republicans are the threat to our democracy because they their own preferred form of democracy — one that excludes and suppresses, giving Republicans a fighting chance of maintaining control — is in danger,” he continued. “For modern Republicans, democracy only works — and is only worth it — when and if they win.”
Blow went on to argue that Republican leaders have long been searching for the right “packaging” for their “bigotries, intolerances and oppression” — a packaging that they finally found with former President Donald Trump.
“Republicans have searched for multiple election cycles for the right vehicle and packaging for their white nationalism, religious nationalism, nativism, craven capitalism and sexism,” he wrote.
Blow is not the only public figure to recently claim that the Republican Party is dangerous enough to be labeled a “threat to our democracy.” Earlier this week, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he agreed that there is no movement in the entire world “more nihilistic, dangerous [and] contemptible” than the modern GOP.
“I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close,” Financial Times journalist Edward Luce tweeted.
“I agree,” Hayden responded. “And I was the CIA Director.”
Social media users were quick to criticize Hayden, who also formerly led the National Security Agency (NSA), for his ridiculously hyperbolic comment.
“SO STRANGE that people think intelligence community leaders might be extra-motivated to nail certain partisan actors and not always led strictly by the facts,” Mary Katharine Ham responded sarcastically.