Juan Williams blames Republican ‘extremism’ for ‘paralyzing Congress’ and ‘poisoning the nation’

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams wrote a scathing article on Monday blasting “GOP extremism” for allegedly paralyzing Congress and “poisoning the nation.”

“More and more fights breaking out on airplanes. Why? The short answer is that wearing masks to protect against COVID-19 remains a politically divisive statement,” penned Williams, who has recently departed Fox News’ “The Five,” but is still an analyst for the network.

“Nine killed by gunfire in another mass shooting. Hateful attacks on Jews and Asians rising. All of that happened in the last week,” he reported in the column published in The Hill on Monday. He noted that “Americans should be coming together in celebration of declining coronavirus infections this Memorial Day,” but “Instead, the bursts of public violence and hate reflect deep political division.”

Williams used as his premise a Fox News poll that reportedly shows that 64 percent of voters see political divisions in the country as a major threat to the “stability” of America. He zeroed in on an Ipsos/Reuters poll that supposedly shows “most Republicans continue to believe former President Donald Trump is the ‘true president,’ and 56 percent believe the 2020 election was stolen from him.” He labels that as “extremism” and claims it is tearing the country apart.

Williams can’t wrap his head around the division and asks why “57 percent of Republicans think of Democrats, their fellow Americans, as their ‘enemies,’ according to a February CBS/YouGov poll?” The GOP is to blame according to the liberal Fox analyst.

He asked, “How can so many Republicans still believe the ‘Big Lie,’ almost five months after President Biden was inaugurated following Congress certifying Biden’s national victory by 74 electoral college votes and more than seven million popular votes?”

He flatly proclaims in his piece, “This extremism among Republicans is paralyzing Congress,” and then asserts that the GOP is to blame because they will not concede to the left’s demands: “It can’t find the votes to better regulate guns. It can’t fix a broken immigration system.” Even though a strong argument can be made by Republicans that it is the Democrats who have thrown open the borders and who are trying to take away the constitutional right to bear arms.

Williams proclaims that conservatives just won’t “compromise” enough to get anything done: “Similarly, Republicans can’t compromise enough to reach a bipartisan deal to repair the nation’s decrepit infrastructure. Incredibly, Congress can’t even agree on a bill to protect the right to vote.”

Then he turned to the current favorite Democratic talking point:

Last week, Congress hit a new low. It blocked a commission to investigate the attempted overthrow of the U.S. government. Now that is dysfunction.

Jan. 6 saw the worst violent domestic insurrection since the Civil War. But it won’t be the last — unless we as a country face the truth about how much trouble we are in.

This begs the question: What are the Republicans so afraid of?

“Why did Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) ask his caucus for a ‘personal favor,’ according to CNN, to vote to stop creation of the commission?” Williams wondered. “What Senate Republicans are really avoiding is the truth that Trump’s lies and slash-and-burn, truth-be-damned politics drove some of them to play along with him. They are implicated in the insurrection — not in a criminal sense, but in a moral sense.”

Williams then referenced the “Great Replacement Theory” as a focus of attack accusing Republicans of racism.

“Great Replacement Theory has achieved iconic status with white nationalists and holds that minorities are progressively replacing White populations due to mass immigration policies and low birthrates,” contends Robert Pape, who is the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.

That is an assertion that Williams embraces. “Great Replacement Theory” is seen as racist and those such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson have been branded over it for even discussing the idea and questioning demographics in regards to illegal immigration.

Carlson was condemned for his comments during an immigration segment in April where he stated: “I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World. But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it: That’s true.”

“I mean, everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, you know, the white replacement theory?” Carlson declared. “No, no, this is a voting rights question.”

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