NYT Columnist Warns People Are Being Lulled Into False Sense Of Security

The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman warned on Monday of recent "chilling" developments within the GOP, which he fears may one day have disastrous effects on the country.
"We're in real danger here," Friedman told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Friedman feared that the reluctance of President Joe Biden's administration and handling of the coronavirus pandemic would lull people into a false sense of security.
"Our democracy is just as threatened today" as it was when ex-President Donald Trump announced his intention to run for office, Friedman said, citing how most Republicans had kept pace with Trump's 2020 election lies in recent weeks . Celebrities Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Are the exceptions to the new Republican norm, he noted.
"Signing the big lie that this election was stolen is now a requirement for thriving, surviving and standing up in this Republican Party," Friedman said. "What does that mean? It means this GOP is going to be built on a gigantic lie." He asked how the people in power could possibly trust the party if their business card unfoundedly claims that the 2020 vote has been stolen.
“It's like the last few weeks when everyone got in line and people like Kevin McCarthy (Minority Leader) - their willingness to prostitute themselves politically to get the Speaker of the House is breathtaking for someone to sell their soul so shamelessly Friedman said.
"It's just cold," he added. "Now imagine if he did that, what are they going to do when they're in power to keep power? We're in real danger here."
Watch the interview here:
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