Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead” that former President Donald Trump posed “the most serious threat” to American democracy in our lifetime.
Host Jake Tapper said: “Donald Trump is leading the polls in the Republican primaries. Even in some polls, when it comes to a head-to-head with President Biden. The other day, Trump suggested that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outgoing Chairman Mark Milley, had committed treason. He suggested that capital punishment would or should be considered. When you see a message like that, how seriously do you take it?
Hutchinson said: “Yes, I think he means it. Now, what I would like to say about this is that for years we have not held Donald Trump accountable for the things that he says, and when he says these things and when he hits – when he does these vitriolic comments to people who have had a profound career defending our democracy like General Milley, we must take it seriously.
She continued: “People have held him accountable in recent years, but obviously not enough because we’re in a position right now where it seems more likely than not that he could be the Republican nominee. And he was also indicted four times. To me, it’s sad that we’re in this country where we’re dealing with someone who executed this horrible assault on our democracy, and we continue to give this person a platform.
Hutchinson added: “This is not what we should stand for as Americans. I believe Donald Trump poses the most serious threat we will face to our democracy in our lifetimes, and potentially in American history.”
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