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Martin Bashir: Ted Cruz is the ‘David Koresh of the Republican Party’

During a panel discussion on MSNBC on Wednesday, host Martin Bashir and guests mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for misleading those who trusted him into a political dead end which also had the effect of reducing the Republican Party’s approval ratings. Bashir repeatedly linked Cruz to Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh who perished after a federal raid on his facility in Waco, Texas.

“Do you think Ted Cruz is a bit like the David Koresh of the Republican Party?” Bashir asked a visibly shaken BuzzFeed reporter, McKay Coppins. “He’s a bit like a character who believes himself to be anointed, believes himself to be a prophet, ignores everything, and torches the place in the process.”

“You always come to me with these excellent comparisons that get me in trouble with Republican sources,” Coppins replied.

Bashir repeated the question. “Is he the David Koresh of the Republican Party?”

Coppins said that there were two lines of thinking as to what Cruz’s motives were, Bashir’s being one. The other being that Cruz was attempting to position himself ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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