, Fox News
' left-wing political analyst who left "The Five
" talk show last week, took another defiant step away from his network's right-wing stance.
Williams blamed Republicans
for fueling the nation's divisiveness and stalling progress in Congress
in a Memorial Day
essay for The Hill titled "GOP Extremism
Is Poisoning the Nation."
While recent hate crimes
and mass shootings
highlight the country's deep schisms, many Republicans who still believe Donald Trump
's "big lie
" that the election
was stolen exacerbate tensions, according to Williams.
“How can so many Republicans still believe the ‘Big Lie,’ nearly five months after President Biden was inaugurated, despite Congress certifying Biden’s national victory by 74 electoral college votes
and more than seven million popular votes?” he wrote. “And why, according to a February CBS/YouGov poll, do 57 percent of Republicans consider Democrats
, their fellow Americans, to be their ‘enemies?’
“This extremism among Republicans is paralyzing Congress,” Williams concluded, “because it can’t find the votes to better regulate guns
, and it can’t fix a broken immigration
Williams chastised the GOP-dominated Congress for failing to reach an agreement to repair the country's infrastructure
or protect the right to vote.
“Last week, Congress reached a new low by blocking a commission
to investigate the attempted overthrow of the United States
government. Now that is dysfunction,” he wrote.
Williams went on to say that the “ongoing power of the ‘Big Lie’ is fed daily with conspiracy talk and misinformation
by social media
, talk radio, and cable opinion shows,” in an apparent self-advertisement for his network.
Williams, who is still a political analyst for the channel, frequently clashed with Greg Gutfeld and other co-hosts on "The Five."
Earlier in May, he published another essay in which he warned Republicans that their devotion to Trump would lead to further political defeats.