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MSNBC contributor and NBC News historian Michael Beschloss called to “vote like your life depends on it” during an appearance on “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” during which he also told the host, “I don’t know” if the country will survive this.
Capehart discussed President Biden meeting with Beschloss and other journalists and historians to discuss the “trends toward autocracy” worldwide and the threat of losing democracy in the country. Beschloss agreed with Biden that this could be “a battle for the soul of America” comparable to the Civil War and Nazi Germany.
“If we were living in 1940 you and I would have said, ‘There is a serious danger that America would not be a democracy because A. there are people from within who want to make this an authoritarian system. And B. the Nazi Germans, the Italians, the Japanese, were living in a world where fascism was on the march,’” Beschloss said. “What we all said to the president was, this, 2022, is like a moment like that.”
“And therefore, this midterm election, and the presidential election of 2024, they said it was always the most important election in history. It’s pretty close to it. I would say to our friends, who are watching us today, vote as if your life depends on it. Because it might,” he added.
Jonathan Capehart’s paper, The Washington Post, previously published a piece from fellow columnist Max Boot that warned Trump returning to the presidency would be the “death knell” for democracy.
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