Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning the country.
Clinton used her tribute to the late Senator Dianne Feinstein, who died last week at the age of 90, to remind people to take former President Donald Trump at his word.
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post published Monday, Clinton explained, "We should believe him when he tells us what he'll do next," as the former president's rhetoric continues to become more violent.
"The cries of an insurrectionist mob have barely faded from the halls of the Capitol. Former president Donald Trump, whose incendiary rhetoric has repeatedly incited violence, recently said Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the just-retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had committed 'a treasonous act' for which 'in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH,'" Clinton wrote. "As President Biden noted, while most Republicans may not agree, the silence is deafening."
Clinton noted that Trump has vowed "weaponize the Justice Department to pursue political opponents" and more if he wins back the White House in 2024.
"Trump and his supporters have also suggested that if he regains the presidency, he will seek to gut checks on executive power, weaponize the Justice Department to pursue political opponents, eviscerate the civil service and attempt to put himself above the law," she wrote. "This is a man who has been indicted on a charge of a conspiracy to overturn an election and called for the "'termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.'"
Clinton noted that Sen. Feinstein passed away during a time "of political violence and threats to the rule of law." She recalled Feinstein's comment after exposing torture and other abuses committed by the CIA after 9/11, despite efforts to keep her silent.
"'History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say, never again,'"
Clinton wrote. "Those are words we should remember as we face the challenges ahead."
"We could have used Dianne's voice in the fights ahead," Clinton added. "Democracy needs champions. So do our institutions, creaky and frustrating as they might be."
Trump has not yet responded to Clinton's remarks.