CNN host Anderson Cooper asked if America is “strong enough” to resist President Donald Trump on “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday.
Cooper was interviewing former Obama ethics czar Norman Eisen, who called Trump an autocrat and accused him of trying to “delegitimize” the foundation of America. (RELATED: CNN’s Anderson Cooper Compares Trump To Autistic ‘Rain Man’)
“[Trump] is escalating the pressure,” Eisen said. “This is straight out of the autocrat’s tool kit. And the attacks that we see, the first thing that autocrats do, and we’ve seen some far worse ones in the past century. The first thing they try to do is seize the levers of law enforcement and turn them against their political enemies, because that’s one of the most … the most powerful domestic weapon they have.”
Eisen said democracy would overcome Trump’s abuses and Cooper asked if America is “strong enough” to withstand his presidency.
“You really believe that, though,” Cooper said. “That the institutions are stronger or strong enough to resist this kind of thing from the president of the United States?”
“I do, Anderson,” Eisen replied. He then predicted “powerful evidence” will be discovered to prove Trump obstructed justice.
“Sooner or later, democracy is more powerful, including because of the rule of law. And we’re seeing that with Donald Trump. The extraordinary moment that Manafort and Cohen being brought to justice simultaneously. The coming obstruction report,” he said. “There’s going to be powerful evidence that the president obstructed justice.”
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