Well known economist and political commentator Robert Reich said that he is pretty confident that Hillary Clinton will win the election, so voters shouldn’t panic. However, he did warn that America is going to be a “bad scene” after Tuesday.
Speaking to Alternet, Reich said that he believes the “odds are still very heavily in favor of Hillary Clinton” winning the election. But he is worried about how Donald Trump’s supporters may deal with that.
Some of them will feel that the election is illegitimate. Trump will continue to fan those flames and that will make it even harder for not just Hillary Clinton to govern, but the entire process of government to move forward.
Without saying his name, Reich called Trump out for his dangerous claims of a rigged election.
“The most irresponsible possible action that anybody in public life can take is to undermine public confidence in our system of government,” Reich said. “If I were not being prudent with my words, I’d say, anybody who has the public’s ear, who is undermining our democratic system, is acting in a traitorous fashion. I will mind my words, so I will not use the word traitorous.”
When asked about the panic that many Americans are feeling over the possibility of a Trump presidency, Reich said that he doesn’t think it is time to panic, but people should be “concerned.” After all, we have a “madman” within arms reach of the White House.
I completely understand the panic, because I don’t remember a time when we were this close to have a madman be president. Even if there is a one-in-three chance, or a one-in-four chance, that is enough to get a lot of people spooked. I keep telling myself that the American public is basically sensible, always has been. There have been a number of occasions in our history when capitalism got off track, and our democracy seemed to be getting off track, and we pulled it back on, both of them. I think there is room not to panic, but there’s room for concern. A reasonable person would be concerned right now.
“There’s no question that it’s going to be a real bad scene after next Tuesday,” Reich predicted ominously.
But being the optimist that he is, Reich did not allow the interview to be all doom and gloom. He noted how far the country has come in the past decade.
“If somebody had told me in 2004 that a black man was going to be president, that a social democrat was going to almost win the Democratic primary of 2016, that gay people could marry all over the country. I would have said you’re smoking something,” Reich said.
“Let’s have a sense of how much has been accomplished,” he added.
He also noted how important the success of Bernie Sanders’ was and said that when it comes to young people today, he has “never seen a generation this progressive and activist, since the ’60s.”
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