Republican Party 'fitting the definition of fascism more tightly by the day': Morning Joe

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said the current version of the Republican Party is looking more and more fascist.

The "Morning Joe" host expressed horror at the elevation of teen gunman Kyle Rittenhouse, who was recently acquitted of fatally shooting two Black Lives Matter protesters and wounding another, as a hero at a conservative conference this week, and he was alarmed by their celebration of political violence.

"We just showed a clip of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18-year-old, being praised, glorified as he walked out onto the stage," Scarborough said. "You know, over the past five years or so we've seen a lot of people asking if certain wings of the Republican Party are fascist -- this ethno-nationalism, this extremism, this attack of the others. Usually, the one thing that was missing before Jan. 6 was the use of violence or the elevation of violence as a means to achieve your goals, your political goals. The glorification of violence, something that Mussolini and other fascist leaders did."

"We actually did see at that conference," he added. "They used an 18-year-old boy, recently acquitted, as a tool to do just that. I mean, that's the glorification of violence, and this wing of the Republican Party is fitting the definition of fascism more tightly by the day, and I just wonder if other Republicans will run as fast away from it as they can."

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