Former Bush strategist Steve Schmidt said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that he believed the Republican Party’s racism, misogyny, and violence threatened American democracy.
Schmidt said, “We see a lot of intimations towards violence from Republicans. We see on the part of Kevin McCarthy a threat by powerful public officials saying I will use the power of the state to punish you if you comply with lawful orders by the Congress regarding a murderous insurrection that occurred by the incite of the president of the United States for the purposes of overturning the results of the election, the counting of the electors on January 6th. It’s important to understand that democracies are moral because they’re the only system of government that places the power of the individual, the rights of the individual, including companies, above the power of the state. This isn’t something you see in a healthy democracy.”