Oh, and “Trey Grayson” refers to bombastic Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who compared the Tea Party to the KKK in a fundraising letter last month. My MSNBC colleague Martin Bashir was absolutely right to tear into him during an interview on Oct. 25. Still, Priebus’s high dudgeon is awfully precious considering his party is littered with folks who have done nothing but coarsen this nation’s political discourse with nary a peep of condemnation from him or anyone of any stature in the GOP.
Throw in persistent questions about Obama’s religion from folks aligned with the Republican Party. There are sitting Republican members of Congress who have openly talked about impeaching the president because they continue to believe he was not born in the United States. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) are among them. When asked at a dinner over the summer, “Why don’t we impeach him?,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) responded, “It’s a good question.” Donald Trump rode atop the feted Republican presidential field for while by pushing the racist birther lie. And there were winks and nods on this issue from Speaker John Boehner and other so-called leaders of the party. No wonder a protester felt comfortable unfurling a Confederate flag in front of the White House last month.
If anyone “should take ownership over this divisive culture” it’s Priebus.
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