lamented the Republican Party
's embrace of ex-President Donald Trump
lies on Monday, saying the GOP
has been "cowed into accepting" conspiracy
theories that were previously unacceptable.
“I think we have to be concerned when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy
that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five or ten years ago,” former President George H.W. Bush
’s Anderson Cooper
Cooper asked Obama if he had foreseen how the “dark spirits” on the GOP’s fringes would end up taking over the party during his presidency.
“No. I thought there were enough institutional safeguards in place that even after Trump was elected, the so-called Republican establishment would say, ‘OK, you know, it’s a problem if the White House
doesn’t appear to be concerned about Russian meddling,’ or, ‘It’s a problem if we have a president who says that there are good people
on the march in Charlottesville
, including those who had previously condemned Trump's incitement of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot
, had been "cowed" into accepting him, according to Obama.
“The reason for (Republicans returning to line after the insurgency) is because the base believed it,” Obama explained. “I didn’t expect to see so few people saying, ‘Well, I don’t mind losing my office because this is too important. America is too important. Our democracy is too important.’
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