Elijah Cummings' widow: US will ‘no longer have a democracy’ if Trump is reelected

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of former Rep. Elijah Cummings, discusses his posthumous book “We’re Better Than This” and his warnings about President Donald Trump.
5:48 | 09/29/20

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Transcript for Elijah Cummings' widow: US will ‘no longer have a democracy’ if Trump is reelected
Tonight Elijah Cummings widow is pressing forward to keep the message of her late husband alive. Well we're dancing with the angels. The question will be actress. In 2000 in nineteen what do we do. To make sure war. We ship our democracy intact. My comings spent the better part of the last year getting Elijah Cummings book we are better than this. Over the finish line she joins us now thank you so much Meyer for your time. Thank you for having humans and so first up hats off for being able to deliver on. Your husband's final political push posthumously in reading what you can really hear his voice you can hear him saying. We're better than this and and his sentiment of rooting for the under dog which ultimately describes democracy. In this country as the underdog talk say the goal of the book and also cementing his legacy. We're right so this book is about life is about love us about health side is certainly about death and it's about what we actually owe to our country there responsibility and we have to as Americans. To the United States of America its allies have felt so urgently about the needs who warn people about the danger of Donald Trump. He he he he felt very strongly. Then Donald Trump managed to secure another term in office we would no longer have a democracy. And that is why he spent literally up part of a significant part of the last year it has life. Working on this message to the. American people. And you say that the book is his final morning. To the American people about Donald Trump we're now 36 days until the election your husband spent decades advocating for voting rights are you concerned about efforts by Donald Trump to trying delegitimize. Mail in voting and also his refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Unless it would not have been surprised and neither am I am about downtowns behavior allies it took some measure of the man and found him sorely lacking. He viewed his character as dame in the east what we'd actually deserve and need as a country. And so winds that you know he would have considered all of these efforts to actually delegitimize the election and advance to actually prepare create all these trial balloons to the American people that there will be a contest an election and even absurd around replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a danger and a threat to democracy because let's that president seems to be doing is. Actually trying to game the supreme court's. In anticipation of contest an election reaching that body. And so with that you know anonymous isn't surprised salons and he would have. Wholeheartedly. You know an out in the forefront making sure that people. Knew that this is a part of being a before he destroys our democracy completely. And your husband tried to reach across the aisle as much as he could he talked about those. Bipartisan efforts in the book as we entered increasingly divisive time to prepare for controversial Supreme Court nomination processes you just mentioned are you concerned. And worried and it old school bipartisanship. May no longer be possible as it once existed. So alike so it's definitely weary and so am I that we have not partisan Mason magical warfare happening. With the Republican Party seeming to only care about holding on to power and not hearing about patriotism our constitution our country. And he's calling on them republic news and Democrats and independents everywhere. And not just find common ground but to rise to higher ground realizing that this is bigger than all of us. This is for our future this is for our nation this is for our children. I and he wouldn't encourage Republicans went wherever they ninety who are having some form of cognitive dissonance knowing still what the president's doing is not right to actually step up and break ranks. And refused to reelect this president or accommodate him he deserves to be held accountable. The president is a con man. Your husband tried to work with the president who you discern her calling comment but he wrote up a cure pain that he felt after the president called Baltimore a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess. And how it cemented his belief that the president. Is racist he also talks about the lies that president trump told him right to his face including about prescription drug programs. He says in his book that he believed she was the first Democrat to meet with the president in the Oval Office one on one. Process all of this at the end of the day I mean and a personal sense when he came to the home to you after for example that first day at the white house with the president. What when he setting. A. So actually am a life so they unit tried very hard to reach out it's actually a form up personal relationship with god Donald Trump's actually get to know the man. As he has done with Republicans. You know since he's been in office he is known for his bipartisanship his ability to make friends across else so he try to do the same thing with Donald Trump despite what happened with the toll sixteen election and he came away with a bitter taste in this mouse while he initially thought the meeting went well it's the fact that president Tom came out of that meeting and promptly lied about what he said. Mr. tam team really want to warn the people that you know he got to meet with them he took the measure of the man. He found him lacking and he wanted to make sure that the American people knew that he wasn't just. Not right for them he's an actual threat to our democracy. Mayan Cummings thank you so much we really appreciate you coming on the show. Thanks for having.

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