After Senate Republicans
blocked a bipartisan investigation
into the deadly U.S. Capitol riot
's conservative commentator S.E. Cupp pondered the purpose of her party, the GOP
, on Friday.
“My question to the Republican Party
is, what are you here for? What is your function? If not to preserve the republic and protect American democracy
?” Cupp said to “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper
“If you're not interested in what happened on January 6
, I think it's because you're afraid it will implicate you...but I'm also not sure what you stand for as a party,” she said.
Cupp, who voted for President Joe Biden
in the 2020 election
, said the current Republican Party, which has all but capitulated to ex-President Donald Trump
, who instigated the Jan. 6 violence, is a world away from the party she joined as a young woman.
“The point of having two strong parties is to bring a competition of ideas to the table,” she said, adding that while she didn't agree with many Democratic proposals, it wasn't the "gibberish" and "nonsense" coming from the other side.
“Talking about Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head and conspiracy theories and lies,” she said of Republicans' recent focus, “making inane absurd comparisons between Nazis
and mask mandates.”
Cupp later referred to the Republican Party as "almost a failed party."
It is "incredibly embarrassing to watch
an American political party cower just to fetishize and service the emotional narcissism of one guy, who by the way lost it all for you," she said, calling it "maddening," "infuriating," and "a disgrace."
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: Republicans blocking Capitol riot commission
raises the question, "What do they stand for as a party?" @PaulBegala @SECupp discuss pic.twitter.com/RXvhqe0aNf — The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 28, 2021