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The Roundtable: Will Democracy Survive 1/6?

A former Republican official argues the future of the country hinges on how it responds to the January 6 riots.

What will the findings of the Mar-a-Lago raid mean for Trump's future? A panel of experts joined Roundtable to analyze the incident's legal and political implications. In this segment, Richard Painter, a former White House Ethics Lawyer, discusses Trump and democracy.

"I'm a former Republican, an independent now [and] the direction that Donald Trump has taken the Republican Party through his rhetoric over several years is anti-democratic and inconsistent with a representative democracy," says Painter.  

"This isn't a left-versus-right issue," he continues. "We either want to live in a representative democracy or we don't. His authoritarian rhetoric has been very dangerous for a long time, going all the way back to the 2016 campaign, and then summer 2017 in the Nazi rally down in Charlottesville. It goes on and on." 

January 6 riots, he says, represent a culmination—and how we respond will determine the future of the country's democratic institutions. 

"We either put up with it or we don't. This was an attempted coup. If you don't hold people accountable for that kind of conduct, they come back."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, Hollywood Progressive

BIll Blum, Founder and Editor In Chief, Blum's Law

Richard Painter, Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer