Clyburn calls Trump a racist, warns US could 'go the way of Germany in the 1930s'

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the veteran lawmaker and House Majority Whip, took aim at President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE in a new interview, calling the president a racist and comparing modern-day America to Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party.

In an interview with "Axios on HBO," the Democratic lawmaker said that Trump was a racist, but reportedly would not call him a white supremacist, according to an Axios report of the interview.

Clyburn evoked Germany in the 1930s in one clip of the interview released Sunday, while clarifying that the "dynamic" of Trump's attacks on the press echoed those of Nazi leaders such as Adolf Hitler.


"I used to wonder how could the people of Germany allow Hitler to exist. But with each passing day, I'm beginning to understand how. And that's why I'm trying to sound the alarm," he added, before claiming that Trump told more than 30 lies during his State of the Union address this year.

"Fully half of those lies, the Republican side of the House stood up and cheered they knew that was not true. But they cheered him on," Clyburn said, before continuing his comparison to Nazi Germany.

"I really believe that the people of Germany knew Adolf Hitler was lying," he said. "And before they knew it, they no longer had a chancellor but a dictator. Anything that's happened before can happen again."

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Clyburn's remarks.

A longtime force in Democratic politics, Clyburn recently made headlines with an endorsement of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE's (D) candidacy for the Democratic nomination, which was widely credited with contributing to Biden's sound victory over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Briahna Joy Gray: Voters are 'torn' over Ohio special election Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength MORE (I-Vt.) in Clyburn's home state of South Carolina.