ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: Is the Tea Party ‘like ISIS trying to establish a Caliphate?’

tonykornheiserCall it part of the effort to foment hate and possibly violence against those who want to see the government operate within its means while following the Constitution.

While speaking with the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, ESPN 980’s Tony Kornheiser actually asked if the Tea Party is like ISIS attempting to establish a caliphate in the United States.  Naturally, Fineman agreed.  Newsbusters reported:

After questioning Fineman about how Paul Ryan would be able to hold down the job of Speaker, considering he also wants to spend so much time with his family, Fineman laid bare the treacherous legislative course that Ryan would have to navigate, replete with those pesky Jim Jordan types with their “bad shirts.” (Yes, he really said this)

But it got even more interesting when Fineman attempted to explain (the Fineman interview begins at 35:56) how a Speaker needs to rule in the House, which led Kornheiser to draw a most unfortunate analogy to conservatives…

Bruce Bookter provided a transcript of the relevant portion of the discussion:

Fineman: “The House needs a dictatorial leader, or nothing will ever happen. And the Tea Party people understandably don’t like that. If the person in charge is a moderate who doesn’t agree with them politically.

So, Paul Ryan has the kind of conservative chops, where, he can sort of try to unify the whole party. But, he’s going to be spending all his time trying to deal with these Tea Party. People.

What he’s probably going to have to do, if in fact he gets in. Is stage some kind of fight with them and defeat them, or take away their power, and go after them. I don’t know if he’s got the guts to do that. I don’t know if he’s got the numbers to do it.

Kornheiser: “Are they like ISIS trying to establish a Caliphate here?!

Fineman: “Yes! Yes! That’s a very good analogy! Without the violence obviously, but yes, they are a rejectionist front.”

So according to Fineman, the GOP-led House of Representatives needs a dictator and the Tea Party is like ISIS attempting to establish a caliphate.

This is why I call the so-called “mainstream media” the “Democrat-media complex.”


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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