Morning Joe: Republicans don’t deserve any power until they call out ‘fascist elements’ in the GOP
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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough trashed House minority leader Kevin McCarthy's leadership and said Republicans didn't deserve to wield power until they could sideline the "fascists" in their caucus.

House Democrats will vote Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and strip him of committee assignments for posting an anime-style video showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attacking President Joe Biden, and the "Morning Joe" host said GOP must speak out against the party's "craziest" members.

"People that are pushing Kevin McCarthy, challenging Kevin McCarthy to get on their side, people that are engaging in extreme, fascist-style imagery," Scarborough said. "People are talking about Gosar right now, which as [executive producer] Alex [Korson] said before the show, he goes, 'It sounds like one of the ghosts from Ghostbusters,' but Gosar with his violent imagery. You have [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene with the poster with an AR-15 and had 'the squad,' said she was coming after them. You have other violent imagery, and these are the very people who are saying Kevin McCarthy is not being loyal enough to us, regardless of whether it is violent, fascist-style imagery or if they're talking about space lasers or the most extreme conspiracy theories. They just hurt the party overall. McCarthy is trying to have it both ways, and you just can't have it both ways."

As House Democrats move to punish Gosar, Republicans are punishing lawmakers who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill or refused to endorse Donald Trump's election lies.

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"You have a party that is punishing people, that wants to put people on the sidelines for voting for an infrastructure bill that they're all running around bragging about, even if they voted against it, it is a bipartisan infrastructure bill," Scarborough said. "As we saw off the top, even if they vote against this infrastructure bill, they're going home bragging about how great the infrastructure bill is, alright? So they're talking about pushing those people to the side of the party and stripping them of committee assignments or whatever they're talking about doing for punishing them, yet people who are putting out videos that even symbolically talk about the murdering of another member of Congress, those people are fine with the party."

"This is your Republican Party, folks, that wants to take control," he added. "I mean, it needs some -- they need some strong leadership. People that are going to speak out against the craziest, most dangerous, most violent, most fascist elements of that party, so they can win the mainstream in 2022."

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