A “Morning Joe” panelist went on a tear Tuesday against the Republican Party during a discussion of the politicization of the Benghazi attacks.
When panelist Donny Deutsch suggested that pocketbook issues weigh more heavily on voter’s minds at the polls than Benghazi does, CNBC anchor Brian Sullivan disagreed. He said his conservative father frequently asks him why the media doesn’t care more about the 2012 attacks in Libya.
“Can we stop saying ‘the’ Republican Party?” Sullivan said, making air quotes with his hands. “As somebody who grew up in a conservative household, I don’t recognize the Republican Party of even my youth. I don’t like what I see. I don’t like the far right, I don’t like the extremism.”
He added that as a fiscal conservative who isn’t religious, supports same-sex marriage and mostly supports marijuana legalization, he feels the GOP has pushed him away.
“I don’t know who the Republican Party is anymore. I don’t know if the Republican Party knows who the Republican — because it’s not a party, unfortunately Republicans, that I can get on board with,” he said. “Because I don’t like the small-minded attitude, a lot of the far right stuff that comes out — I should go home now.”
Sullivan made light of his comments later in the program in a segment on Twitter’s new mute function.
“So I have muted the words rant, GOP and crazy person this morning,” he quipped. “So I don’t have anything in my feed.”