Trump proves assaults on 'guardrails of democracy' can 'spiral fast' and 'happen anywhere': columnist

Trump proves assaults on 'guardrails of democracy' can 'spiral fast' and 'happen anywhere': columnist
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 25: Donald Trump speaks during a press conference following his address to the Scottish Parliament on April 25, 20012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Trump spoke of his concerns over a proposed wind farm, mooted to built near his new GBP 1 billion golf resort, telling the Scottish Parliament that they will destroy tourism in the country. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images).

As Republicans in Wisconsin threaten to impeach the state's newly-elected liberal Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz, NBC News correspondent John Heilemann explained to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday's edition of Deadline: White House that the GOP's moves in the Badger State are a symptom of a broader attack on Democracy throughout the United States.

In his assessment, Heilemann stressed how quadrupedally criminally indicted former President Donald Trump has exploited the right-wing's dance with authoritarianism.

Although Trump did not "create this problem," Heilemann said, "He capitalized on it. And when he goes, when he is no longer with us on the national scene, whether he is in jail or not in jail, whether he is just outta politics, whether he is just a retiree finally, you know, golfing in New Jersey and Florida for regular, these problems in the Republican Party that have been, that came before him,
they're gonna be around after him. The guardrails of democracy are called guardrails for a reason. When you plug, when you go through them, you don't just kind of go off the, on the shoulder of the road, you go off the cliff. There's a kind of accelerating quality to it that once the, you know, once you're kind of, you become unrestrained, unmoored, unconnected to these democratic traditions, things go down, spiral fast outta control. And if you see this happening in Wisconsin, it is happening in other forms almost everywhere, and it can happen anywhere."

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