STATEMENT: Michigan Dems Chair Barnes on SCOTUS Immunity Decision, “Make no mistake, democracy is on the line in November”

LANSING — On January 6th, 2021, Donald Trump inspired a violent mob to attack our nation’s capitol, and he then attempted to subvert the results of a free and fair election. Since then, Trump has only become more unhinged — promising to be a dictator on “day one” if he returns to the White House and warning of a “bloodbath” if he loses. 

We know that Trump is willing to do anything in his quest for revenge and retribution, and we know that he will put himself above our constitution, above our voters, and above democracy itself — and the Supreme Court just made it even easier for Donald Trump to pursue his path towards dictatorship. 

“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States made the stakes of this election even higher. Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is an existential threat to our democracy and President Joe Biden will defend it,” said Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Lavora Barnes. “This November, Michiganders have a chance to reject Donald Trump’s self-obsessed quest for power once and for all – I am confident that just like we did in 2020, Michiganders will send Donald Trump and his anti-democratic agenda packing once again. Make no mistake, democracy is on the line in November.”

Donald Trump has already attacked our democracy and Michiganders’ rights – the stakes have never been higher this November: 

  • Donald Trump has pledged to be a dictator on “day one.” Trump admires violent dictators, saying that ‘the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them.’ 
  • After inspiring a violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, Trump has pledged to pardon the rioters who wanted to end American democracy. 
  • Donald Trump’s Project 2025 is also crafting plans that would allow him to deploy the military against American citizens under the Insurrection Act. 
  • Trump has floated the idea of running for a third term
  • Trump is warning of a “bloodbath” if he loses in November.


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