19/12/2017 6:37 PM AEDT

Americans Are Allowing Trump To Turn U.S. Into Russia, Garry Kasparov Warns

"Time to pick a side," the activist chess champ says.

Russian chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov has a chilling warning for Americans: While you’re distracted by the bully in the White House, democratic institutions are being ripped apart.

Kasparov said he sees some of the same tactics he witnessed in Russia being used in the U.S., like a leader “lying constantly while attacking targets for lying” and the “escalation of rhetoric to dictatorial extremes.”

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Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov said he's concerned that Americans are allowing Trump to turn the U.S. into Russia.

Democratic government is “based on institutions,” Kasparov wrote in a Twitter thread on Sunday. “If someone is attacking those institutions instead of strengthening them, it’s time to pick a side. Rule of law or by strongman? Rule of institutions or of tribe? The history of making the wrong choice here is clear.”

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