There are plenty of various positions inside Congress that are self-explanatory by their titles — Majority Leader, Speaker of the House, Committee Chair — but not among those lending themselves to a simple explanation is that of Whip. Both the majority party and the minority party have a Whip in each chamber of Congress, and many people don’t know what that means.
In reality, it may be the MOST self-explanatory, if you take the word quite literally: The whip is the person responsible for gathering votes from their caucus on big issues; they literally “whip” up support in the case of bills or maneuvers that some members are on the fence about.
The reason I bring up the position is that as the whip in Congress, you know people perhaps better than anyone in government. You more than anyone have a sense of how things are going, who plans to do what, and what you can expect from certain people in both the near and long terms.
Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina is the Democratic Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, and at nearly 30 years in Congress, he has a pretty good grasp of the comings and goings of Washington DC and has mostly seen it all.
That’s why it’s so disconcerting to have heard Clyburn on Sunday tell CNN’s State of the Union that he believed Donald Trump would attempt to illegally hold on to power if we loses the election in November:
I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office.”
Jim, that is not what we want to hear. But listening to the interview, you can’t help but believe the Majority Whip knows what he’s talking about:
“I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office,” Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says about Pres. Trump. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/QUo8jux5kx
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 2, 2020
That becomes doubly frightening when you remember that Trump suggested just the other day that the election might need to be postponed.
If we’re going with distance interviews like this, I think we prefer the one where Joe Biden told Trevor Noah of the Daily Show that the military would be ready and able to physically remove Trump from the grounds of the White House if he becomes a lingering nuisance.
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