Subbing in for Ed Schultz, MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson went after Republicans on Tuesday for both the shutdown fight and the battle over Obamacare, saying that these Republicans join government just so they can “destroy” it from the inside, calling out Ted Cruz in particular for the strategy.
Dyson declared these Republicans to be “jealous” and hateful, saying their constant fight on Obamacare makes them “desperate” to “justify the crusade that cost us billions.” The shutdown was estimated to cost 24 billion dollars.
He said, “Their mentality isn’t ‘Something’s broken, so let’s work to fix it.’ Their mentality instead is ‘Something’s broken, let’s destroy it.'”
Dyson recalled Ronald Reagan‘s infamous line about government being the problem, but said at least Reagan meant they should fix the problems of the government, not destroy it.
“Republicans like Ted Cruz have chosen to interpret those words in the most cynical way possible. Bad, bad preacher you are, Mr. Cruz. They join the government not to solve the problems facing the neediest Americans, they don’t actually want to fix any glitches, they join the system aiming to destroy the system as a whole.”
He also presented viewers the day’s poll question: “Are Republicans bent on the destruction of government as we know it?”
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
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