Steve Schmidt on 'Real Time': Trump Has a 'Fetish for Autocracy,' Compares Present-Day America to 1930s Europe

November 17, 2018 | 12:18 PM EST

During Friday's edition of Real Time With Bill Maher, one of the panelists, Trump-hating "Republican" and MSNBC Contributor Steve Schmidt, issued a code red; warning of "rising illiberalism" across the western world and talking about President Trump's "fetish for autocracy." Schmidt asked, "it's not the question is it can he lock up reporters, the question is if he could, would he?" Schmidt answered his own question with a "yes" before rambling about how "everyday he assaults our institutions" and how President Trump "assaults the foundational pillars of a Constitutional Republic.