Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill says long-term damage is already done even if Trump loses

Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, said on Thursday that the Republicans have already won regardless of whether President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE wins reelection.

Speaking with Hill.TV’s “Rising” host Krystal Ball, Scahill explained that Trump has acted as a “Trojan horse” for an agenda that the Republican Party would have never been able to push if they had former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) or Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Rubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid' The Memo: Biden gambles that he can do it all MORE (R-Fla.) as a presidential candidate.

“Trump has served as a very effective salesman and implementer of what are long standing Republican Party policies and some policies that are golden children of the most extreme elements of the Republican Party,” Scahill said during an interview taped on Thursday.

He also criticized Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Drastic measures for drastic times — caregiver need mobile health apps Boycott sham impeachment MORE, saying he "represents the worst aspects of Democratic Party governance in modern history.”

“Joe Biden is part of the problem, and he is not the solution,” Scahill added.

“The healthiest perspective for people who are disillusioned with the two-party system is to recognize that Trump represents an eminent threat to some of our most vulnerable people, and the Democratic Party is bringing a squirt gun to a blazing fire,” Scahill said. “We should have no illusions that electing Joe Biden solves a single problem except we aren’t dealing with a very weaponized Trump administration.”

Scahill did not discuss the departure of Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald, who announced his resignation from the online news publication after the taping of Thursday's interview.