Conservative pundit Charlie Sykes on Friday lamented what he described because the “race to the bottom” to “see who can be the most MAGA” between Republicans in Florida, Arizona and Texas.
“I know that Republicans in Texas have been conservative for a long time but there was a time when conservative Republicans in Texas were not absolutely batshit crazy,” Sykes, founding father of the conservative web site The Bulwark, informed MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace in video shared on-line by Mediaite.
“Texas Republicans used to be respectable,” Sykes continued. “And now we are almost in this competition … between Florida, Arizona and Texas to see who can be the most MAGA, who can play the most hair-on-fire culture war games because that seems to be this race to the bottom that we’re talking about here.”
A faculty administrator confronted backlash this week after saying educators ought to “make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one” with various viewpoints.
Sykes mentioned it was “easy to beat up on the administrator” however “the focus ought to be on the law and the fact that the teachers are terrified. They don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“What is the other side of the Holocaust?” Sykes later requested. “Are you going to assign fourth-graders ‘Mein Kampf’? Are you going to make them listen to Seb Gorka’s radio show? I just don’t know what she actually had in mind. But again, this is exactly what you get when you have politicians playing culture war and then trying to ram that into badly thought out draconian legislation.”