Republicans Are Trying to Repeal the 20th Century, Reagan Lawyer Warns

A Harvard Law professor and a former U.S. Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan claimed that Republicans are attempting a "slow-motion coup" and he believed they are determined to repeal the 20th century.

Charles Fried, who served under Reagan from 1985 to 1989, spoke on MSNBC on Wednesday and discussed the modern Republican party, the state of politics and the future of America.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell introduced Fried ahead of the interview and highlighted a conversation Fried had with an MSNBC producer before agreeing to come on the show.

While describing Fried, O'Donnell also noted that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito once worked for Fried and Fried testified at John Roberts' confirmation that the nominee was "too smart a lawyer to overturn Roe vs. Wade."

O'Donnell also showed an email that Fried send to MSNBC booking producer Steve Lewis. In the email, Fried warned of a future "coup d'état", a term used to describe a violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government.

"Unions, religion, second amendment, abortion, campaign finance, gerrymandering, regulation of elections. All this is an attempt in the last ten years or so to repeal the 20th century," Fried wrote in the email. "The greatest threat next term: the 'independent legislature clause' case from North Carolina which would produce a slow-motion coup d'état."

After his introduction, Fried went into greater detail regarding his views about the future of American politics and his beliefs regarding the potential of a coup d'état.

"What the court is going to have next term, they're gonna start in the fall on this issue and that is, when a state legislature picks electors, the state supreme court cannot do anything about it, because the constitution says that the regulation of electors is supposed to be done by the independent legislature," he explained. "Now, for decades, that has been understood to mean the whole legislative process in a state which includes, of course, the state supreme court."

"North Carolina, which is the case involved, is a hideously [example of] gerrymandering," Fried said. "The population is half registered Republican, half registered Democrat, but its 13-person congressional delegation is 10 Republicans, three Democrats."

"And when the head of the legislative committee was asked, 'How did you do that? How come you did this?' 'Because we couldn't think of any way to get just two Democrats'," Fried said. "Now, this is what would be the coup d'état, because these gerrymandered state legislatures in all of the swing states – Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia — would then be able to send...the electors they choose, not the electors chosen by the people. and there is nothing that could be done about it."

Fried concluded his point by referencing former President Donald Trump and the power these state legislatures could manipulate.

"Of course, you see why that is a coup d'état because another Donald Trump, who in fact loses the election, could end up being elected because of these state legislatures, as they have been prompted, to do. They tried it this year."

Newsweek has reached out to Charles Fried for comment.

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Former U.S. Solicitor General Charles Fried spoke on MSNBC on Wednesday and reflected on the modern Republican party as well as the Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Pictured, Fried, professor of law at Harvard Law School, speaks during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski/Getty