‘You Can’t Negotiate with These People’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber Links GOP to Batman’s Villains

MSNBC host Ari Melber devoted the final few minutes of Wednesday’s The Cycle to delivering a message to Democrats: they have misread Republicans in Congress as being rational actors. He likened Republicans to the villains in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. “You can’t negotiate with these people,” he warned.

John Boehner began this fight by claiming high-minded principles like balancing the budget,” Melber began. “So, think of Boehner as Bane, full of promises about serving the people.”

“But we quickly learn Bane doesn’t care about the people,” Melber continued. “His revolutionary rhetoric is a cover for plotting against the city he pretends to serve. He wants destruction with no survivors.”

Melber cited as an example of this behavior the baseline budget which Democrats agreed to: the GOP proposal. “That wasn’t enough, though, for the more dangerous elements of the tea party” he continued.

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The tea party, Melber said, is more closely associated with the irrational villain in The Dark Knight, the Joker.

“This was a villain who didn’t threaten chaos to get what he wanted. Chaos was what he wanted,” Melber explained.

“These people you can’t negotiate with. They don’t believe in it,” he concluded. “They just exploit your rationality for their destructive goals.”

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