During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, former President Barack Obama expressed concern that the Republican Party had “cowed” former President Donald Trump’s accusations of electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election by passing restrictive voting restrictions.
“I believe we should be concerned when one of our main political parties is willing to adopt a way of thinking about our democracy that would have been unrecognizable and unacceptable even five or ten years ago,” Obama said. When you look at some of the laws being passed at the state legislative level, politicians are basically saying, “We’re going to take away the electoral process’s certification from civil authorities
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“I thought there were enough institutional guardrails that even after Trump was elected, you’d have the so-called Republican establishment who would say, okay, it’s a problem if the White House doesn’t seem to be concerned about Russian meddling, or it’s a problem if we have a president who says neo-Nazis are marching in Charlottesville, there are problems,” he continued.
“The extent to which we did not see the Republican establishment say hold on, time out, that is not acceptable,” Obama continued.
That’s not who we are, but we’ve been cowed into accepting it, culminating on January 6 when what was originally “Oh, don’t worry, this isn’t going in there” became “Oh, don’t worry, this isn’t going in where.” We’re just letting Trump and others express.’ Then, all of a sudden, substantial segments of an elected Congress are supporting the lie.”
“I didn’t expect there to be so few individuals who say, ‘Well, I don’t mind losing my office because this is too important,’” he concluded. “America is far too significant.”