CPAC welcomes Republicans to the end of democracy

CPAC welcomes Republicans to the end of democracy

It’s time to retire the phrase “saying the quiet part out loud.” Because Republicans have canned the whole idea of a quiet part. Whether it’s throwing in their lot with Vladimir Putin or treating “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a guidebook for life, They are saying all the parts loudly.

At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, the loud parts include an open disdain for the whole idea of democracy. That includes open support for Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, bringing in two other authoritarians: Argentine President Javier Milei and Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, who describes himself as “the world’s coolest dictator.” Because, as far as Republicans are concerned, dictators are cool now. And democracy is very definitely not.

Nothing made that clearer than right-wing activist Jack Posobiec, who spoke on a panel hosted by conservative strategist Steve Bannon. “Welcome to the end of democracy,” said Posobiec. “We are here to overthrow it completely. We didn’t get all the way there on Jan. 6, but we will endeavor to get rid of it and replace it with this right here.” 

Posobiec held up a fist. Bannon said, “Amen.”

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