Monday, May 15, 2017

First Clapper, Then Zakaria. Congressional Republicans Called Out for Making the US a "Banana Republic"

It wasn't an auspicious weekend for Donald Trump or for Congressional Republicans.

Former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, laid into Trump. Clapper said America's institutions are under assault from within and without. The external threat, according to Clapper, came from Russia. The internal attack on American democracy he attributed to the current president.

Fareed Zakaria went to work on both Trump and his enablers, Congressional Republicans.

Fareed Zakaria lamented on Sunday that the U.S. Congress could no longer be considered a check on the power of President Donald Trump because the controlling party had become a platform that caters to the whims of the president and his family.

“Donald Trump in much of his rhetoric and many of his actions poses a danger to American democracy,” Zakaria explained. “American democracy has a series of checks intended to prevent the accumulation and abuse of power by any one person or group.”

“Since Trump’s own party controls both chambers of Congress, there has been little resistance to him there,” he noted. “It appears the Republican Party is losing any resemblance to a traditional western political party. Instead, turning into something more commonly found in the developing world: a platform to support the ego, appetites and interests of one man and his family.”

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