On Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” Kurt Bardella — a former GOP operative and Breitbart staffer turned Democratic adviser — laid into Republicans at CPAC in Dallas for cheering on speakers openly promoting Christian nationalism and the erosion of democracy.
One of the key moments from that gathering was a speech delivered by Viktor Orbán, the strongman prime minister of Hungary.
“What is that disgusting display by someone like Viktor Orbán, on domestic U.S. soil, telling you about the GOP?” asked anchor Katie Phang.
“What you are seeing, Katie, is the Republican Party wrap their arms around autocratic white nationalist ideals and cementing that as the platform of the party going forward,” said Bardella. “Make no mistake about it right now, there is no divorcing the Republican Party from racism. Every single candidate that is on the ballot with an R next to their name in November, you own this. Your refusal to speak out against it, your participation in it, the fact that you cater and pander to the audience at CPAC that is cheering on these very dangerous and disgusting ideals. You own this.”
Bardella continued on, condemning Republican silence as complicity.
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“It would not be hard for any member of the Republican Party to denounce what we’re hearing right now,” said Bardella. “Things that are repulsive, repugnant, have no place in the 21st century. Yet they’re not going to do that. They’re going to hide. They’re going to embrace. They’re going to high-five. They’re going to cheer it on. Because to them, the white America that we’re hearing these speakers talk about is exactly what they want to do to this country, they’re not trying to hide it. They’ve basically taken off their hoods and exposed themselves for what they are.”
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Kurt Bardella on GOP’s embrace of Viktor Orbán at CPAC