Historian Michael Beschloss invoked the Civil War and World War II during an appearance on MSNBC on Friday morning to praise President Joe Biden’s speech attacking supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“We’re in a situation here where, you know, we’re talking about historical parallels,” he told MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe.” “In 1860, we were on the brink of Civil War, very different from where we are in 2022, but this looming specter of violence. 1940, worldwide violence, would the United States enter World War II to oppose Adolf Hitler, Mussolini and the Imperial Japanese? (RELATED: ‘Full Monty Mussolini’: Biden primetime speech mocked, criticized on social media)
Scarborough argued that Biden was “pressured” into giving the speech that attacked Trump and his supporters, claiming they posed a “threat to democracy.” Biden made similar comments in an August 25 speech at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Maryland and in a Tuesday speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
“I’m not suggesting that this year is the equivalent, except in one respect. I mean, if, you know, a historian 50 years from now were to come back and visit the United States in 2022, the overwhelming question is, are we going to have a democracy in a year or two? He decided to continue. “Are we going to have free and fair elections with all these state officials and state legislatures threatening to say, ‘We’re going to name the winner however we want.’ Are we going to have rule of law? Look what happened at Mar-a-Lago. So those questions are up for grabs. And to have a president saying that this election this year is about anything but the survival of democracy, you’d wonder where he was.”
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