Apr 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

DNC chair: Republican Party is "built on fraud, fear and fascism"

Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison on Wednesday slammed the Republican Party, saying "it is a party built on fraud, fear and fascism" in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Driving the news: "They don't deserve to be in power. Not because Democrats should, but because they don't deserve to be in power," Harrison said Wednesday.

  • Harrison, who criticized Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) remarks on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's work as a public defender, also noted the Republican senator's efforts to block Cassandra Butts' nomination in 2014 by then-President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas.
  • Butts died of leukemia before her confirmation.
  • "It shows you who this little maggot-infested man is, he does not deserve to have that pen, he doesn't deserve to be in the United States Senate representing the good people of Arkansas," Harrison said of Cotton.

The other side: "The smell of Democrat desperation is vile and sort of sad," Republican National Committee press secretary Emma Vaughn said in a statement.

  • "But it makes sense when their fate is tied to Biden hiking gas prices, sending costs skyrocketing and unleashing a humanitarian crisis at our southern border," she said.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with more from Harrison's quote and a statement from RNC press secretary Emma Vaughn.

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