A rally for voting rights in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 2020
(Marta Lavandier/AP)

I joined BBC 5 Live’s Colin Murray on Thursday for a 20-minute analysis of the challenge for US democracy.

I contrast the positive of the quest for voting with the negative and destructive: from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s cynical damage to Donald Trump’s latest tirade, in this case against GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota.

Listen to Discussion from 1:41.58

I am going to set aside being an analyst and an academic for a moment: my personal opinion is that Mitch McConnell can go to a very hot place.

It was Mitch McConnell who obstructed legislation for years. It was Mitch McConnell who blocked a Supreme Court Justice. It was Mitch McConnell who enabled and protected Donald Trump for years.

So Mitch McConnell has no right to accuse someone else of being divisive.

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