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CNBC Anchor: ‘I Wasn’t Praising the Dems’ with My Anti-GOP Rant

Brian Sullivan, the CNBC anchor who caused a minor firestorm when he delivered an extended anti-Republican rant on Morning Joe Tuesday, attempted to clarify his comments on his own show, Street Signs, this afternoon. Just because he was attacking the GOP does not mean he was “praising the Dems,” Sullivan said.

On MSNBC, Sullivan said that as someone who grew up in a conservative household, he doesn’t “recognize” the Republican Party anymore. “I don’t know who the Republican Party is anymore,” he said. “I don’t know if the Republican Party knows who the Republican Party — because it’s not a party, unfortunately, that I can get on board with, because I don’t like the small-minded attitude of a lot of the far right wing stuff that comes out.”

“When I look at all of the different social issues, I would be willing as a voter to sacrifice a bad economic policy — or one maybe I didn’t agree with — if it was better than some big social agenda I cannot get on board with,” Sullivan said. “And I know a lot of people that have been faced with the same decision. That’s the point I was trying to make.”

When CNBC host Larry Kudlow pushed back, pointing out issues he has with the Democratic Party, Sullivan made sure to clarify, “I wasn’t praising that side, Larry, I wasn’t praising the Dems.”

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[h/t TPM]
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