Is America slipping to autocracy?

In his speech before Congress, Biden acknowledged that white supremacy is terrorism and said his administration will not ignore it. He pointed to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, calling it an “existential crisis” and a test of whether American democracy can survive.

Congress has yet to take serious action in response to that bloody event. In an interview on my YouTube series, #SimplePolitics, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) called the Jan. 6 insurrection “an internal attack on our democracy . . . fueled by the Big Lie” that Trump somehow won the election. According to Van Hollen, Democrats haven’t pursued a 9/11-style commission because of concerns that congressional Republicans will “put people on the commission that would make a mockery of what we need to do” and use it “as a vehicle to perpetrate a fraud on the American people” around the integrity the 2020 election.

This is an unspeakably sad statement about the state of the U.S. Congress today.

FBI Director Wray likewise made clear that the insurrection was an act of domestic terrorism, and that we can expect more of it. “The amount of angry, hateful, unspeakable, combative, violent even, rhetoric on social media exceeds what anybody in their worst imagination (thinks) is out there,” Wray said.