Watch: Clinton Fears American Democracy Is Coming To An End

By Eliana Regev | Saturday, 18 June 2022 05:15
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The United States may halt to be a constitutional democracy if the country becomes more polarized, cautioned former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday.

In a guest appearance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, Clinton said he was not always hopeful about the future of the nation but said citizens should not react to hatred with more hatred.

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“I actually think there is a fair chance we could completely lose our constitutional democracy for a couple of decades if we make bad decisions,” Clinton said on CBS. “I am not naive about this. I have been in a lot of fights. I have lost some and won a bunch. I have been elated and heartbroken. But I have never before been as worried about the structure of our democratic form of government. So far, every time we were faced with our own undoing, our conscience kicked in and we stepped away from the brink. And that is kind of what I think will happen here, but I don’t know when or how."

The results of a Yahoo News/YouGov poll published Wednesday showed that nearly half of the country, including when asking Republicans and Democrats alone, believe the U.S. might not be a democracy in the future.

Clinton added that people should start talking to each other again and attempt to understand opposing viewpoints.

“Don’t assume that when you see someone like [National Rifle Association CEO Wayne] LaPierre screaming on television that everybody who is on that side is like that," Clinton told Corden. "Instead of telling them that they are dumb if they don’t agree with you, ask for their help. We need to just talk to each other again.”

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The poll shows that most Democrats (55%) and Republicans (53%) now believe it is “likely” that America will “cease to be a democracy in the future” — a stunning expression of bipartisan despair about the direction of the country.

Half of all Americans (49%) express the same sentiment when independents and those who do not declare any political affiliation are factored in, while just a quarter (25%) consider the end of U.S. democracy unlikely and another quarter (25%) say they’re unsure.

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At the same time, however, a large number of Americans seem indifferent to the high-profile hearings by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol — an effort to get to the bottom of one of the most dramatic assaults on the democratic process in U.S. history.

In fact, the new survey of 1,541 U.S. adults — which was conducted from June 10 (the day after the committee’s first hearing) to June 13 (the day of its second) — found that fewer than 1 in 4 (24%) say they watched last Thursday’s initial primetime broadcast live. Only slightly more (27%) say they caught news coverage later. Nearly half (49%) say they did not follow the hearings at all.

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