MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace didn't mince words when discussing Republicans with several ex-members of the party during her show on Monday, February 8.
Lincoln Project advisor Tara Setmayer spoke of her fellow conservatives, saying:
"They're acquiescing to the kooks, the crackpots and the crazies. So the Republican Party needs to decide are they the party of country? Are they the party of the Constitution over cult? Or are they going to side with the kooks, the crackpots and conspiracy theorists?"
"Liz Cheney, unfortunately, is a minor voice. She and Adam Kinzinger are about the only ones who have stepped up. It's clear she's swimming against the grain and the party is no longer the way she describes it."
But Wallace disagreed, saying that calling the Republicans "kooks lets them off scot-free."
"...They're aligned with the groups that participated in Donald Trump's call to storm the Capitol are white supremacists, racists. They're throwing down with racists."
You can watch the clip here:
Twitter was glad to hear Wallace calling the insurrectionists what they actually were.
.@NicolleDWallace is right. They're not 'kooks', they're white supremacist terrorists and they have been stoked and… https://t.co/3pSkmgEvbR— Brad Beauregard Jr 🇺🇸 (@Brad Beauregard Jr 🇺🇸)1612831971.0
Many Republican Congresspeople who helped create our national situation have now tried to distance themselves from their implicit support of extremists and racists.
Exactly. https://t.co/dCpOI26WlU— 8ish fingers iBert..floatin' in a sea of insanity. (@8ish fingers iBert..floatin' in a sea of insanity.)1612823210.0
Abusers VS the rest of us! They could choose a better way but won't. https://t.co/jotjTYdny5— Red Lori Bright Eyes, Please Vaccinate For Me (@Red Lori Bright Eyes, Please Vaccinate For Me)1612823803.0
Many online praised Wallace for her willingness to speak the truth.
This woman knows the truth why aren't they listening. Think about that https://t.co/QSAaHRqkiR— Wilson Candelaria (@Wilson Candelaria)1612824807.0
It's hard to ignore the prominent role conspiracy theorists and racists have played in Republican party politics for many years, especially after the events surrounding the 2020 election.
"..They're throwing down with racists." https://t.co/VQJNOdJ3JE— LWNJ🌹 (@LWNJ🌹)1612876174.0
THANK YOU FOR SAYING IT! WHITE PEOPLE TERRORISM = MENTAL INSTABILITY/ CULT / VICTIMS PEOPLE OF COLOR = TERRORIST… https://t.co/XF0xZlHifn— CheckMeOrStfu (@CheckMeOrStfu)1612838959.0
There's nothing silly or funny about armed rioters trying to overturn the U.S. election.
If America doesn't acknowledge the hard truths about extremism in the country, as Wallace did, then there's no way the country can heal and move on.