Former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele said Sunday that he’s sick and tired of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others in the GOP making speeches in which they use dangerous militant language in speeches such as the one Cruz gave Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
Cruz was indeed in rare (and incendiary) form, telling attendees:
“It’s like the old Roman Colosseum where you slam on a breastplate and you grab a battle axe and you go fight the barbarians. As they say in the military world it is a target-rich environment.”
That led Steele to tell MSNBC host Katie Phang:
“It is more fascism than farce. It is more concern than conservatism and it really is about how we as a citizen respond to this. How we push back against it. We are not opponents of the each other, we disagree from time to time on big and small issues. But our first inclination as Americans is not to go and beat the crap out of the neighbor just because they have a yard sign that we don’t like.”
The former RNC head then added:
“This is not the America that these folks are projecting, that they want. I mean, this is all when you have heard is sheer projection from Trump, from Steve Bannon, from Ted Cruz — just sit the hell down, please. Stop it. You’re not serving the people of Texas, you haven’t done that since you have been there, the reality of it is. But you find the grift, you find the hot rhetoric, you make yourself seem like you are the big man on campus and you get things done. But that is not what this is about, this is not about getting things done.”
Perfectly said: Sit the hell down! Republicans have already contributed to a insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 that left five people dead. Now it sounds like they want to stir up more anger and violence in their desperate grab for political power.
Cruz, Hawley, Trump, and others all need to sit down and shut up. And, if the evidence supports it, they also need to be charged for their roles in the Capitol riot.
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