Clyburn made the historical comparison to Mussolini after drawing attention for comments he made in a PBS interview released Friday comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.
On Sunday, Clyburn said Trump was more akin to Mussolini and that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is Hitler.” Mussolini’s rule as Italian dictator lasted for two decades until he was deposed as Italy faced catastrophic defeat in World War II.
Trump has drawn bipartisan condemnation for his suggestion that the election should be delayed. The president has pointed to alleged fraud concerns around mail-in ballots.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, told CNN on Sunday: “It’s not helpful for the president to think out loud in a public fashion.”
“The president should accept the results just like presidents in the past have accepted the results,” Hutchinson said.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday dismissed the controversy around Trump’s election comments.
“We’re going to hold an election on Nov. 3,” Meadows said. “And the president is going to win.”