This Friday on the Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow tore into Republicans for seemingly having no idea why they shut the government down in the first place.
In the wake of all the negative effects of the shutdown debacle, i.e., thousands of federal employees going without pay, children turned away from life-saving cancer treatments — the GOP’s narrative about why they pushed this scorched-earth policy keeps changing depending on who you ask.
“One thing about the shutdown that’s getting weirder with each passing day is that it’s becoming less and less clear with each passing day, why exactly we are doing this,” Maddow said.
The MSNBC host went on to add that sometimes “when you are arguing really strongly for something but secretly you are not totally clear about why you are arguing so strongly about it, it can get awkward.”
Maddow then turned to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and his refusal to give up his paycheck for the duration of the shutdown. Lee’s office then denied making the comments after a harsh backlash from the public reverberated throughout Washington — even accusing the news outlet who reported his remarks of making up the story.
After playing a clip of Lee making the statements he claimed he never said, Maddow slammed the disconnection from reality that seems so prevalent in the extreme wings of the GOP:
“The problem here is not that Senator Mike Lee wanted to keep his paycheck — whatever floats your boat, sir. The problem here is that he had to pretend he did not say what he actually said. And that kind of thing keeps happening because Republicans in Congress do not seem to be sure of why they are doing what they are doing anymore or how to explain it.”
Watch the video below.