Senior House Democrat James Clyburn on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator, suggesting the president 'doesn't plan to leave the White House'.
The House Majority Whip told CNN: 'I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office.
'And that is why the American people had better wake up. I know a little bit about history, and I know how countries find their demise. It is when we fail to let democracy, and the fundamentals of which is a fair, unfettered election.'
Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until 'people can properly, securely and safely vote'. In March last year South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the 'greatest threats to democracy' in his lifetime.
Senior House Democrat James Clyburn, pictured, on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator
Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until 'people can properly, securely and safely vote'. In March South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the 'greatest threats to democracy' in his lifetime
Clyburn had told PBS on Friday: 'I have been saying now for about three years that this president doesn't plan to have an election. He's not planning to give up the office.
'He thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler.'
He added Sunday: 'I feel very strongly that this man has taken on strong-arm tactics' before comparing Trump to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.
Clyburn is the third-ranking Democrat in the House. In March last year he said: 'Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into' it.
'Nobody would have believed it now. But swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany. We had better be very careful.'
Trump has, of late, refused to say if he'll accept what happens in November.
Asked by Axios' Jonathan Swan, in an interview to air Monday on HBO, the president wouldn't say if he would accept the will of the voters but did argue Hillary Clinton hadn't accepted the 2016 election.
Donald Trump's Senior Campaign Advisor Jason Miller said Sunday that the president does not want to delay the November elections. 'The election is going to be on November 3rd and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3rd,' he told Fox News Sunday
His senior campaign adviser insisted Sunday morning that the president wants to hold the elections on the typical date of November 3, even though he suggested last week that they be postponed.
'The election is going to be on November 3rd and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3rd,' Jason Miller told Fox News Sunday.
Miller said instead that it is Democrats who want to move the election date by expanding mail-in voting measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
'The problem here, and what I think President Trump was doing a good job in highlighting, is the fact that these Democratic governors are the ones who want to go and move the election,' Jason told Fox News host