Rob Reiner: Tea Party Should Be 'Eliminated' Like Hamas

Michael Chapman at our sister site CNSNews.com reported that Hollywood director Rob Reiner unleashed another anti-Tea Party rant in an interview with Larry King. He compared the Tea Party to the terrorist group Hamas, because apparently both groups are extreme and cannot be negotiated with, and the only solution is to make them go away or “eliminate” them.

In Israel, “[Y]ou can’t negotiate with that, you have to say either Hamas goes away and the Palestinian authority takes over all that region and deal with some kind of honest broker here, and create the two-state solution,” said Reiner.

The Palestinians turned down the ability to have their own state in 1948 when Israel was formed, so clearly, Hamas, and again, the virulent faction of a, really, uh, group can control everything,” said the Academy Award nominee.

Reiner continued, “You look at the Congress right now in the United States, you’ve got a strong Tea Party group controlling the whole country, because they have a gridlock, they have a gridlock, stranglehold on Boehner.  Boehner can’t make a move, and so for that reason, nothing gets brought up in the Congress.”

“So anytime you’re dealing with an extreme group, you cannot negotiate with them, and they way to do it is to eliminate it,” said Reiner.  “With the Tea Party, you have to go through a political thing, you have to wait till 2020 to redistrict, but, uh, that is really tough stuff.”

A few days before the 2010 midterm elections, Reiner compared the Tea Party to Hitler on Bill Maher’s HBO show: "My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they're selling is fear and anger and that's all Hitler sold. 'I’m angry and I’m frightened and you should hate that guy over there.'”

Tim Graham
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