During an interview on CNN on Tuesday night, Clyburn was asked how his party would respond if Trump and his allies pressured state Republicans to choose electors to the Electoral College who would disregard the votes in their state and cast their vote for Trump on Dec. 14 and secure a second term for him.
Clyburn said he does not “believe” that would happen, but he added, “It may happen.”
“I’ve been telling people for a long time now. I’m beginning to see what happened in Germany back in the 1930s,” he continued. “I never thought that could happen in this country. How do you elect a person president, then all of a sudden, give him the authority to be dictator? That’s what we’re teetering on here.”
Clyburn said that “cannot see that happening” in the U.S.
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House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn predicts Republicans will soon begin to acknowledge that President Trump has lost the election.— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) November 11, 2020
"I do believe that we are in for some rough sledding, but I don't think it's going to get any more ugly than it already has been." pic.twitter.com/t5ZfpapXRx
Still, he maintained, “I do believe that we are in for some rough sledding, but I don’t think it’s going to get any more ugly than it already has been.”
On Saturday, news outlets began to call the race for former Vice President Joe Biden. However, Trump has signaled that he is not yet ready to concede, and his campaign has filed several legal challenges to contest the results in battleground states.
When asked about the president’s refusal to concede so far, Biden said, “I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly … It will not help the president’s legacy.”
He was also asked how he can work with Congressional Republicans when many do not recognize that he won the election. He said, “They will.”
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that “we ought to quit all the hand wringing” about Trump not conceding the race yet. He added, “We’re going to get through this period.”