Columnist: Republicans Look More Like the ‘Donner Party’ than a Governing Party

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On Friday during the PBS News Hour, columnist Mark Shields said that the Republican Party is looking more like the cannibal Donner Party than a governing party with all of it’s recent infighting.

During the “Shields and Brooks” segment, Shields — who is also the host of CNN’s “The Capital Gang” — and New York Times columnist David Brooks discussed U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus.

In response, the Freedom Caucus is lashing out against both Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Shields explained,

“Since the collapse and the failure of the Republicans’ promise after four elections to repeal and replace Obamacare as their first act, a total and abject failure. The Republicans look more like the Donner party than they do like a national governing party.”

He went on to clarify that the Donner party were “settlers who got caught in the Sierra Madres in winter and ended up practicing cannibalism to survive. And really, this has been a circular firing squad. Donald Trump is attacking the Freedom Caucus, Paul Ryan is attacking the Freedom Caucus and suggesting that the worst thing that could happen would be for the president to work with Democrats to solve a national problem.”

Watch the clip here:

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