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CNN anchor Jake Tapper took aim at pro-Trump Republicans in a dark but scathing monologue on Sunday, suggesting the American experiment may be coming to an end.
“The success of what is called ‘the American experiment’ has interested our friends here in Europe and around the world ever since the term was coined in the New York Tribune in 1860, just before another attempt to destroy the Republic because a group of Americans didn’t like the results of an election,” Tapper began on “State of the Union” on Sunday as he reported from Germany on the trip to the President Biden at the G7 summit. “The New York Daily Tribune then noted that, in quotation marks, ‘The social and especially political institutions of the United States have throughout the current century been the object in Europe, not only of curious speculation, but of the deepest interest. . ,’ without quotation marks.”
He continued: “The question posed then, and now… ‘Is it possible for a government to be permanently maintained without privileged classes…and without hereditary or self-proclaimed rulers is the democratic principle of equal rights, general suffrage and government by a majority, capable of being put into practice and that, too, over a large part of the country, without quotation marks.'”
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Tapper told viewers that the United States had ‘moved in the right direction’ to achieve the ideals of the American experience ‘until the 2020 election’, moving quickly to January 6 House Select Committee hearings on Capitol Hill. .
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“The Tribune wondered in 1860 and many of you may be wondering today if the quote ‘our institutions stand on a solid and permanent foundation’ without a quote. Haven’t we? We’ve learned a lot over the past few weeks about how much Donald Trump and his minions have tried to disrupt the solidity of these institutions,” Tapper said. Can state voters be expelled by the House of Representatives based on lies? Two-thirds of House Republicans, including Republican leaders [Kevin] McCarthy, [Steve] Scale and [Elise] Stefanik, as well as senators like [Ted] Cross and [Josh] Hawley, they voted that way, knowing it was all a lie, knowing they were tearing the garment of our Republic but apparently not caring.”
The CNN anchor then asked if a president ‘can’ pressure a state’s secretary of state to ‘find enough votes’ to reverse the results of an election and pressure the DOJ for it to drive fraudulent voters to the states “thus allowing a desperate electoral loser to hold on to power despite defeat.”
“American institutions held on, barely,” Tapper remarked, “but you can be forgiven for wondering, as our European allies are, whether our American experiment will ultimately be successful.”
“Remember, this is the American experience, this is not the proven American theorem. Whether this succeeds, well, that’s up to us,” he added.
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Tapper has long criticized Republicans who question the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, even banning GOP lawmakers who challenged President Biden’s certification of victory from his CNN programs, accusing them of peddling “lies.” . Critics have called out the anchor for allowing guests like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, Michael Avenatti and Stacey Abrams, who never officially conceded his 2018 Georgia gubernatorial defeat to Brian Kemp.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson brushed him off in an interview on Sunday when the presenter made similar remarks, telling Tapper the idea that US democracy was under threat was “grossly exaggerated”.