Author and Democratic activist Naomi Wolf said Monday “autocrats” are using the COVID-19 pandemic to destroy civil and constitutional liberties in their quest to create a “totalitarian state.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Wolf expounded on a November tweet in which she lamented voting for President Joe Biden after he expressed an interest in a national “lockdown” due to the virus.
If I’d known Biden was open to ‘lockdowns’ as he now states, which is something historically unprecedented in any pandemic, and a terrifying practice, one that won’t ever end because elites love it, I would never have voted for him.
— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) November 9, 2020
While much of the country has reopened, mask mandates remain in place in most of the country, as well as social distancing requirements and limitations on businesses, leading the country to “into a coup situation, a police state,” Wolf, who advised President Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign in 1996, said.
“That is not a partisan thing. That transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on. That should bring together left and right to protect our Constitution,” she said, noting limitations on freedoms are being perpetually extended under the “guise of a real medical pandemic.”
Wolf has increasingly sounded the warning over Americans’ loss of freedoms during the pandemic.
“If I’d known Biden was open to ‘lockdowns’ as he now states, which is something historically unprecedented in any pandemic, and a terrifying practice, one that won’t ever end because elites love it, I would never have voted for him,” she wrote roughly a week after the November election.
In her interview, Wolf referenced her book detailing the steps “would-be tyrants always take when they want to close down a democracy,” adding that she believes the U.S. is entering “step 10.”
“The state has now crushed businesses, kept us from gathering in free assembly to worship as the First Amendment provides, is invading our bodies … which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, restricting movement, fining us in New York state … the violations go on and on,” she said.
“Whether they are on the left or the right, they do these same ten things, and now we’re at something I never thought I would see in my lifetime,” she continued, “it is step 10 and that is the suspension of the rule of law and that is when you start to be a police state, and we’re here. There is no way around it.”
The former Clinton adviser went on to say she has interviewed both left- and right-leaning Americans in recent weeks and that they have all expressed similar “shock and horror” as “autocratic tyrants at the state and now the national level are creating this kind of merger of corporate power and government power, which is really characteristic of totalist fascism in the” 1920s.
“They are using that to engage in emergency orders that simply strip us of our rights; rights to property, rights to assembly, rights to worship, all the rights the Constitution guarantees,” she added.
Wolf went on to note that in many cities and states, Americans face massive fines and possible jail time for hosting or attending gatherings that are deemed too large.
Meanwhile, businesses and schools remain closed in other cities, leading to mass bankruptcies and increases in student depression and suicides.
The author and activist went on to describe COVID-19 shutdowns as “completely unprecedented,” explaining that “they have never been done in society and really, we are turning into a totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes.”
“I really hope we wake up quickly because history also shows that it’s a small window in which people can fight back before it is too dangerous to fight back,” she said.
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