There are few better at exposing the outright lunacy of the right-wing fringe than Rachel Maddow. Consistently her show brings to focus attention on what it is the far right is saying to its constituents in local media as well as in the national press. Night in and night out, if there’s a Republican-led state legislature that’s sneaking abortion bills onto motorcycle safety laws, or trying to pass sweeping and discriminatory voter ID laws onto the books, she and her staff are there to bring it to her viewers.
Maddow in the clip below points to a phenomenon that many of us on the left have noticed — that the fringe elements aren’t really in the fringe so much anymore. Louie Gohmert, Donald Trump, Steve King — all of these people represent the most embarrassingly fundamentalist qualities of the right-wing fringe, and they were all on display on various Sunday morning talking head shows this past weekend.
Rachel makes a rather detailed and salient argument that you really can’t consider Steve King’s racist remarks about Mexican immigrants as being fringe thought when you also have Donald Trump continuing his obsession with birtherism and Obama’s birth certificate. Republicans can’t claim that Rep. King is an outlier, a lone racist voice in the party, when Maddow’s got the clip of Rep. Buck McKeon telling his constituents that Hispanics and Arabs all look alike and that’s why we have to make sure as few Mexicans as possible get across the border.
Yes, the cognitive dissonance in Tea Party Land is that strong. Rachel Maddow and her producers are probably at least grateful for the never-ending stream of material to create content like this clip.
Watch here, courtesy of Mediaite: