Steve Bannon Comments On U.S. Democracy

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by Nouman Rasool
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Steve Bannon Comments On U.S. Democracy
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Remarks from the former Trump administration chief strategist and leading figure in the right wing, Steve Bannon, have rekindled debates on what form of governance the U.S. practices. America is "not a democracy," but a "constitutional republic," he said.

This comes after the Semafor article that was asking if democracy could have come to its end under the influence of former President Donald Trump. As Bannon posted on the social media platform GETTR, "MbAs we are a Constitutional Republic NOT a Democracy," the rallying cry seemed to reverberate with nothing short of the political ideologies he rallied behind during Trump's 2016 campaign.

He reinforced his opinion when he texted Newsweek, insisting, "We are a 'constitutional republic.' " The debate arose as Trump prepares for a re-election campaign against the next in a match-up with President Joe Biden, who has set up a 2020 rematch after they both secured the party nominations through delegate support.

Capitol Riot Controversy

The controversy of Trump's rhetoric and how it has further affected the American political setting remains heated. Notably, January 6, 2021, when Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol in a vain effort to stop Biden from being declared an election winner.

Meantime, Trump seemed to claim, without ground, that success had been stolen from him because there was a mass fraud. The issue has seen the justice department file criminal charges against Donald Trump on grounds of conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of an official proceeding, among other charges.

However, Trump has pleaded not guilty, and, to the contrary, he terms the charges as politically instigated. All of which led former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner to compare him on Twitter to a "threat to democracy." Quoting from Trump's ramped-up rhetoric, most alarmingly, some of his remarks from a recent Ohio rally in which the former president suggested sharp consequences if he isn't elected next time.

According to Kirschner, Trump's language has become increasingly reckless, posing a dire threat to U.S. democracy. However, one of the campaigners of Trump had actually come out to defend the statement, with the specific spokesperson, Steven Cheung, saying that Trump meant under Biden's policy, it would be the possible shaking up of economic turmoil and not violence.

On the third anniversary of January 6, views, and former Representative Adam Kinzinger's voice, for example, point to vigilance and accountability. Kinzinger, one of the few voices from the Republican Party picked for the bipartisan investigation of the riot, spotlighted that democracy is hard, "saying, 'Democracies are not judged by their bad days but how we emerge from them.' "

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