MSNBC Anchor Slams House Republican: “Do You Hate Obamacare More Than You Love Your Country?”

thomasroberts-marshablackburnI’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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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Slackjaw1

    Haha, I would have loved to seen her face when he asked her to stand by because Nancy Pelosi is getting ready to speak!

    • Laura26

      It was awesome!

  • Lori Nicocia

    FINALLY, these “journalists” are calling out the B.S. FINALLY.

    • Laura26

      I think the journalists should ask the questions their viewers are thinking. I thought it was great, Blackburn was so whiny, I thought I would scream!

  • MominWA

    Way to stick with the talking points Congresswoman. You are part of the coup d’etat of the US Government.

  • estfar

    Love it. More Journalists need to take off the gloves and nail these lunatics to the wall.

  • Pipercat

    Love Roberts’ huevos, but to get at these mouthpieces requires a strategy of thinking at least four steps ahead, including multiple possibilities. Blackburn used the time honored schtick of over-talking an blathering on and on to eat up alloted time. You can guarantee a tactic like that when you use the broadside approach to tough interviewing.

  • Juan Mario Agudelo

    God that was satisfying…

  • gemma liar

    funny how the repubs all say the EXACT same stuff,,,,,,did anyone see louie gohmert crying this morning on CNN? he (typically) avoided answering a direct question and started the usual FOX “news” diatribe about how ” the American people” hate obamacare( NOTE: the americans he refers to are ONLY his small group of constituants as the MAJORITY of America voted for obama and his policies) I really would like to het into an octagon with all of them except allan weat as he is well trained and would crush my liberal skull

  • Prairie

    This guy is a total DISH! Yes!!!! Stick it to this ridiculous bitch.

  • SirRomeoRN

    OMG,when will people stop acting so selfish,stupid,and really ignorant,as that dumb Republican congresswoman was doing,when she was being interviewed. She definitely is a total airhead bimbo,with artificial intelligence for a brain, when she acts like that.And glad for the TV reporter for doing an excellent job,in helping to expose her,and the rest of those bitter,and racist tea bagger republican haters,for who they really are.Obama care really works,and is actually helping to save more lives,then in the past.And now more poor people,and jobless Americans will now have more access to better quality healthcare then before.Something the Republican haters continue to deny,and prefer to continue letting more people getting sick,and dying.And thanks to Obamacare,that will no longer happen.But the greedy Republicans are still blind,and still remain ignorant.They are nothing more, then a bunch of racist bullies,and hypocrites!

  • Pamela Stranc

    C’MOM lady, let your people in TN have access to teeth! I want to see her give the hairy, sweaty, fat redneck sitting outside his trailer a big fat juicy kiss! AHCA

  • rwarner5

    There is one important difference between liberal-bias MSNBC and conservative-bias Fox News: MSNBC deals in facts. Facts that can be documented. Fox New doesn’t always deal in facts. This is a difference that is important to note, imho.

    • strayaway

      That was great in the sense that this is what the First Amendment is all about. Roberts can express an opinion and pretend it’s a fact, perhaps because he believes it to be a fact, and there are no repercussions. Rush Limbaugh, on the other side often does the same. This First Amendment freedom allows all of us in between to also say whatever we wish.

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    • Jacob Eagleshield

      Using that language only puts you at their level You are better than that right? I does not take a bit if intelligence to curse.If you cann’t get your point across without doing that, then you are no better than Glenn Beck or Rafael Cruz. I agree with your sentiments. I hate the way you said it.

  • dancer61958

    Nothing like talking over one another and not listening to what the other person has to say! She is in the world of denial and needs to wake up. Harry Reid did not cause the shutdown the Tea Party did. Looks like they lost this one!