Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) accused Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) of wanting to "create sort of a mass suicide cult.'
Host Richard Lui asked the congressman to comment on Ted Cruz receiving the Statesman of the Year Award from the Republican party of Sarasota County (which is not part of Grayson's district). He began by asking Grayson if Cruz's differences with party leadership was good for the GOP:
Ted Cruz represents the element of the Republican Party that's trying to hasten the apocalypse. These are people who understand that Obamacare actually does help to save people's lives and they want to destroy it anyway. These are people who understand that a government shutdown causes chaos and damage to the economy and they want to do it anyway. These are people who understand that defaulting on the national debt would drive up unemployment sky high, and they want to do it anyway. Those are the people who Ted Cruz speaks for today.
Following up, Lui asked if Grayson had faced criticism from his party akin to the barbs Cruz has faced from John McCain. Said Grayson:
Well, I haven't gotten that kind of criticism from my own party, but in any event, calling him the Statesman the Year would be like calling Jim Jones the religious leader of the year. For much the same reason. He's trying to create sort of a mass suicide cult called the Tea Party and lead it. I don't think I could be accused of anything similar to that.
A common tactic MSNBC uses to advance its bias and keep the hands of the new anchors clean is to feature an attack dog like Grayson who will make outrageous anti-Conservative statements so that they don't have to. Alan Grayson certainly played the part well.