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Steve Schmidt Blasts Fox News and Republicans as ‘Hypocrites’ ‘Fueled by Cowardice’ and ‘Unworthy Vices’

MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt – a former Republican Party strategist – published a scathing tweet storm on Sunday afternoon in which he torched Fox News and Republicans for stirring up faux-outrage over Vice President Kamala Harris having encouraged the American people to enjoy the extended holiday weekend.

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“Fox News is the most divisive, dishonest and damaging institution in the United States. It has poisoned our democracy with conspiracy theories and lies while stoking division and fear. The latest nonsense attacking @VP for wishing the American people a long weekend is a great case study. It does seem like perfect evidence around the enduring insight, apocryphally credited to Upton Sinclair, that when ‘fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.’ The only outrage about @VP wishing Americans a good long Memorial Day weekend are the hypocrites attacking her,” Schmidt wrote on Twitter. He acknowledged at the end of the thread that it was actually Sinclair Lewis, not Upton Sinclair, who made the comment about the rise of fascism in the United States.

“The Phony outrage was manufactured at the Fox News Sewer and has been dutifully repeated by people who dishonor America’s war dead with their faithlessness to the cause they gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ towards. That cause is freedom and democracy. The people attacking @VP are the same people who helped incite an insurrection against the United States and ended the peaceful transition of power in this country. The people attacking @VP are the same people who poisoned faith and belief in democracy with the big lie about the stolen election,” he said.

“Twenty years after DDay Walter Cronkite hosted a @CBSNews special commemorating the occasion with a visit by General Eisenhower to the Normandy Beaches. Eisenhower observed the families and children playing in the sand and surf of the killing grounds where the forces of freedom died to destroy the evil of Nazi tyranny. He remarked that was what the young men who sacrificed everything gave their lives for. They died for freedom and surrendered their lives so we could live in freedom, joy and peace,” Schmidt continued.

“Above that beach is the American Cemetery. There, more than 10,000 white crosses and Stars of David are aligned in perfect rows. Every headstone faces west, back across the Atlantic Ocean towards America. There they lie, an American Army at permanent and silent rest. @VP didn’t dishonor those men though they have been dishonored. Their sacrifice has been disgraced and great violence has been done to the dignity of their memory as well as the nation they died for by a despicable faction of Americans that has turned against democracy in the name of power and Trump,” Schmidt said.

“Fueled by cowardice and all of the unworthy vices that have no place on Memorial Day; Trump, McCarthy, McConnell and scores more of our elected officials will continue their lying, whitewashing and embrace of autocratic extremism. That is the place to look for outrage if that is what you are on the hunt for this weekend. You won’t find it in the weekend good wishes from our @VP,” Schmidt added. “Have a good weekend.”

 



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