I’ll be the first to admit that MSNBC isn’t where I would send anyone for non-partisan reporting. While nowhere near as bad as the right-wing cheerleaders over at Fox News, MSNBC is undoubtedly tailored toward a liberal bias.
So when anchor Thomas Roberts went after Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, it might have been slightly unprofessional and biased—but it was still absolutely fantastic.
During the interview, Roberts more or less accused the Republican party of hating “Obamacare” more than they love their country. And yes, I can already hear conservatives saying it now, “We’re opposing “Obamacare” because we love our country!”
But of course you do. That’s why your party is pushing us closer to a catastrophic default on our debt built on the false premise that the debt ceiling isn’t real, is about new spending, isn’t that big of a deal or default is avoidable without raising it.
All of which are blatant lies—but lies many Republicans continue to tell their supporters.
Here’s the video of Roberts’ interaction with Rep. Blackburn, via MSNBC:
After the usual back and forth you’d expect with a Republican member of Congress, Roberts finally just asked Blackburn the question, “Let me ask you, when it comes to Obamacare, do you hate Obamacare more than you love your country?”
Which of course set the Congresswoman off, as she fired back, “I’ve got to tell you something. I think that comments like that, that you are making, are just incredibly inappropriate.”
I’m not really sure why that question is inappropriate. Our government is shut down and our economy faces possible catastrophe all so Republicans can stop “Obamacare.” Basically, Republicans would rather have our economy crash and our government remain closed rather than simply pass a budget that funds “Obamacare.”
Well, following Blackburn’s statement, Roberts had this response:
“You don’t think it’s incredibly inappropriate to shut down our government and take all the hostages of Americans that you’ve taken? No, it’s not inappropriate because you took the government hostage through the shutdown and all the American people, you’re now walking them to a cliff, the economy, and you’re going to push them over one by one based on the fact that you don’t like the ACA. That’s all it is. You don’t like the Affordable Care Act.”
Blackburn then went on to recite the worn out talking point that Republicans didn’t want the government shutdown. This prompted Roberts to remind Blackburn of a quote she recently made praising Ted Cruz’s efforts to fight “Obamacare.”
His efforts, of course, being to threaten a government shutdown to try to defund the law.
So, in the warped world of Republican “logic,” they can support Ted Cruz (who pushed for a government shutdown if “Obamacare” wasn’t defunded) and praise his efforts—but that’s not looking for a government shutdown.
Even though that’s exactly what Ted Cruz, and tea party Republicans, forced on the American people because they didn’t get their way in last year’s elections.
Because that’s what this comes down to. They put all their eggs in the “beat Obama in 2012” basket. That didn’t work, and now this is their last-ditch effort to try to defeat “Obamacare.”
They can’t win elections, so they’ll take our government hostage and try to blackmail the president.
And while Roberts’ aggressive response might not have exactly been “professional” in the eyes of some, I applaud him for calling out a right-wing radical on the Republican nonsense we’re currently seeing.
I’m sure Roberts, like myself and many other Americans, just hit his limits trying to be cordial with Republicans who seem to purposefully deny facts and reality. Politicians who hate President Obama more than they love our country. Hell, that’s even if they love our country.
Because at this point, I truly believe the tea party wants to destroy the United States as we know it so they can build a nation in their image. A nation molded by theocracy, controlled by the rich, and absolutely nothing like what our Founding Fathers and Constitution intended.
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