Clyburn: Trump and family 'greatest threats to democracy' in lifetime

Clyburn: Trump and family 'greatest threats to democracy' in lifetime
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Tuesday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE and his family "the greatest threats to democracy of my lifetime."

Clyburn made the comments to NBC News in response to Trump's latest attacks against the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain shares video of father shutting down supporter who called Obama an 'Arab' after Trump rally Graham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist' No presidential candidate can unite the country MORE (R-Ariz.), who Clyburn called a  “hero of our United States armed services."

Clyburn also called on Congress "to grow spines."

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“We are asking for dire consequences. And I think it’s time for the Congress — House and Senate — to grow spines, and do what is necessary to protect this democracy. This man and his family are the greatest threats to democracy of my lifetime,” he told NBC News.

Clyburn's comments come as Trump has railed against McCain in recent days. The president attacked the late senator over the weekend on Twitter amid reports that a former associate of McCain shared a dossier detailing alleged ties between Trump and Russia with the media and former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump then said Tuesday that he "was never a fan of John McCain and never will be."

In the interview with NBC News, Clyburn also called impeachment of Trump a "political concept" but said that House committees investigating Trump should be permitted to "do their work properly."

"They will be able to set the tone for impeachment if that is deserved," he added.