During a broadcast of her show on MSNBC this week, host Rachel Maddow tore into the idea that there are substantial similarities between the Democratic and Republican Parties.
And she came with a lot of examples, including the contrast between President Joe Biden’s re-election message of working with Republicans to get the job done and the ongoing House chaos. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is pushing for the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker, and with Republicans only holding a slim majority, they’re struggling to assemble the kind of support that would be necessary to concretize their agenda — even including protecting McCarthy’s Speakership.
“There is no way to ‘both sides’ this,” Maddow noted. “There is no mirror image here. One of these things is not like the other. The two parties are working on two different projects.” She then shared even more examples, highlighting the far-right website helmed by Darren Beattie, a former Trump team member, that appeared to outline the path billionaire Elon Musk has taken in his takeover of the social media platform Twitter, now termed X.
“We’ve got the current Democratic president running for re-election by showcasing how much he wants to work with Democrats and Republicans — and how much it’s okay to compromise and not get everything you want as long as you bring people together, and he’s committed to that,” Maddow said. “On the Right, it’s a ‘declaration of war against the Globalist American Empire.'” She was quoting commentary on the far-right website that traces to that fired Trump administration speechwriter, Darren Beattie, who associated with an avowed racist. Beattie once worked for Gaetz!
“And a former president indicted on 91 felonies and spending his days now trying to sic his supporters on the judges and prosecutors who are confronting him in court,” Maddow added. And it’s Democrats — currently in the minority in the House — getting the job done on important issues, having put deals over the top to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the government. Watch below: