Pompeo says US not ‘banana republic’ despite Trump-inspired Capitol mob attacks

Pompeo says US not ‘banana republic’ despite Trump-inspired Capitol mob attacks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a briefing to the media at the State Department in Washington on November 10, 2020. (REUTERS/File Photo
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Updated 08 January 2021
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Pompeo says US not ‘banana republic’ despite Trump-inspired Capitol mob attacks

Pompeo says US not ‘banana republic’ despite Trump-inspired Capitol mob attacks
  • Former President George W. Bush used the term after rioters stirred up by President Donald Trump rampaged through a session of Congress that certified his loss to Joe Biden

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday hit back at assertions that a mob attack on the Capitol showed the United States to be a “banana republic.”
A number of foreign critics as well as former US president George W. Bush made the analogy after rioters stirred up by President Donald Trump rampaged through a session of Congress that certified his loss to Joe Biden.
“The slander reveals a faulty understanding of banana republics and of democracy in America,” said the top US diplomat, a staunch Trump loyalist, as two other members of the cabinet resigned over Wednesday’s violence.
“In a banana republic, mob violence determines the exercise of power. In the United States, law enforcement officials quash mob violence so that the people’s representatives can exercise power in accordance with the rule of law and constitutional government,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
Bush in a statement Wednesday made veiled criticism of the “reckless behavior” of members of his Republican Party in fueling the “insurrection.”
“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic,” Bush wrote.