In separate interviews this week, Bill and Hillary Clinton both suggested that American democracy is on the verge of collapse.
The pair both stated that the government as we know it is at risk after the third hearing on January 6 committee and a new poll showing that a majority of both Democrats and Republicans believe America will ‘cease to exist’ as a democracy.
On Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton told CBS’s The Late Late Show host James Corden that he fears the United States will “completely lose our constitutional democracy.”
In an interview with the Financial Times published less than 48 hours later on Friday, Hillary painted a similarly bleak picture.
According to reporter Edward Luce, the Democrats “seem to be going out of their way to lose elections by elevating activist causes, particularly the transgender debate, which are relevant only to a small minority.”
“We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window.”
“Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”
Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Corden asked Clinton how he stays “so positive in what has been a very, very dark few years.”
While watching his grandchildren grow up, the Democrat admitted it was “impossible to be pessimistic about the future,” but went on to paint a bleak picture of America’s future – just hours after the third hearing from the January 6 committee hearing.
“I actually think there’s a fair chance that we could completely lose our constitutional democracy for a couple of decades if we keep making — if we make bad decisions,” Clinton added.
“I’m not naive about this. I’ve been in a lot of fights. I’ve lost some, won a bunch. I’ve been elated and heartbroken,” he added.
“But I’ve never before been as worried about the structure of our democratic form of government,” he added.
Hillary was also asked about the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned during her lunch with the Financial Times.
“If you go down the rabbit hole of far right intellectuals, you see that birth control, gay marriage — all of it is at risk,” she says.
Then, referencing The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood, she discussed the Christian “endgame” and how the future could be similar to the hit Hulu show.
Clinton claims that “the level of insidious rulemaking to further oppress women almost knows no end. You look at this, how could you not think that Margaret Atwood was a prophet? She’s not just a brilliant writer, she was a prophet.”
Their interviews followed the release of a Yahoo News/YouGov poll on Wednesday, which found that 55 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans share that belief, indicating a stunning level of pessimism about the country‘s future.
Furthermore, the poll found that a majority of Republicans (52%) believe “there will be a civil war in the United States in [their] lifetime,” while half of independents (50%) and a plurality of Democrats (46%) agree.
The poll, which surveyed 1,541 adults between June 10 (the day of the first hearing on January 6th) and June 13 (the day of the second hearing), also discovered that Americans have largely given up on one another.
Members of both parties chose negative phrases to describe the person on the other side of the political aisle.
When Republicans were asked to choose a phrase that best “describes most people on the other side of the political aisle from you,” a majority chose “out of touch with reality” (30%), a “threat to America” (25%), “immoral” (8%) and a “threat to me personally” (4%) to describe Democrats.
Few (4%) chose “well-meaning” or “not that different from me” (6 percent ).
Democrats felt the same way about Republicans, describing them as “out of touch with reality” (27%), a “threat to America” (23%), “immoral” (7%) and a “threat to me personally” (4%).
Few (7%) used words like “well-meaning” or “not that different from me” (5 percent).