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MSNBC's Morning Joe isn't one to shy away from hyperbole when talking about life in Trump's America and Monday's show was no exception. The Monday panel was joined by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt to discuss the state of democracy and American institutions as their book, How Democracies Die, was being released in paperback.
Co-host Joe Scarborough thought things were going well because people do not like President Trump. He cited the independent judiciary and intelligence community and Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives in November as proof that American democracy was doing well. Ziblatt agreed, proclaiming: "I think it turns out the midterm elections were really a decisive moment." He was particularly relieved, given that "a lot of people feared" that the United States would turn into "Hungary or Turkey."
Scarborough - Ziblatt - Standards - Democracy - Trump
Scarborough and Ziblatt's standards would appear to be that democracy only works when Trump is rebuked. If Republicans maintained control of the House, would we be just like Turkey? If the courts voted the way Trump would like, would democracy be dying in America? If the voters agreed with Trump, democracy is at a crisis, but if they disagree then, the people are showing great wisdom in checking Trump and the Republicans.
Levitsky jumped in to say that he and Ziblatt wrote the book to look at "the underlying problems... which are the erosion of our core democratic norms, of mutual toleration and restraint and the underlying polarization and primarily, radicalization of the Republican Party that's driving that norm erosion." Republicans are engaged radicalization, but the Democrats who are trying to figure out how to ban the combustion engine and eliminate cow flatulence are not. Also not mentioned in the lamenting of norm erosion were Minnesota Democratic Representative Illhan Omar's anti-Semitic tweets. In fact, Morning Joe, which loves...
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