Boris Johnson berates CNN talking point that US democracy is dying: ‘Blodly overdone’
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chastised CNN’s Jake Tapper during Sunday’s ‘State of the Union’ after the presenter pressured him into agreeing that US democracy is ‘on life support’.
During an interview focusing on the G7 summit, Tapper referenced former President Donald Trump’s stolen and unsubstantiated 2020 election claims and the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot that followed.
“When I speak to friends in Canada, the UK, Australia and elsewhere, people express concern about the United States in terms of our ability and our institutions to thrive and continue after what has happened. happened with the 2020 election. They are concerned that democracy is in place, which is vital assistance to the United States,” Tapper said.
He then asked Johnson if he was worried about the state of American democracy.
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“Noooo,” Johnson replied, cutting off Tapper mid-question. “I want to tell the people of the United States, I’m not. Let’s go back to what I’ve tried to tell you throughout this interview. I think the reports of the death of democracy in the United States are grossly, grossly exaggerated.”
Johnson went on to describe America as a “shining city on a hill” and “the world’s greatest guarantor” of democracy and freedom. The British leader also briefly hinted at the 2020 election, which Tapper pressed him on again.
“I think just the fact that Joe Biden has risen to the occasion in the way he has, shows that America’s instincts are still in the right place,” Johnson continued. “Yeah, there were some weird, unattractive scenes in the…”
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“People died,” Tapper said. “It was pretty serious.”
“That was pretty weird,” Johnson replied.
“It’s worse than weird, I mean…” Tapper interjected.
“It was pretty weird,” Johnson reiterated. “Seen from the outside, it was quite bizarre. But I do not believe that American democracy is seriously threatened. Far from there.
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Hot on the heels of the 2021 Capitol Riot, Johnson was quick to react to the situation on Twitter, calling it a “shameful scene” and adding that it was vital there was a “peaceful and orderly” transfer of power.
Just weeks ago, Johnson survived a vote of no confidence that could have resulted in his ousting from office.
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