A Top House Republican Says ‘Radical Individuals Who Don’t Have An Ideology’ Paralyzing U.S. Government
UNITED STATES - JUNE 22: Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, arrives to the U.S. Capitol before the House voted to send an articles of impeachment resolution against President Joe Biden to committees on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Michael Turner (R-OH) said on Sunday that members of the House whose sole ideology is “chaos” are paralyzing the U.S. government.

Turner made the remarks during a Sunday CBS News interview on “Face The Nation” while talking about the numerous Republicans who have announced they are retiring or resigning from Congress.

“This obviously is very unfortunate,” Turner said. “This has been a very strange time period, where we see that the – the Senate is at 50/50. We see the House at 50/50. Even the presidential race has run basically at 50/50. It’s almost unfolding that way perhaps again.”

“And it shows that we can have radical fringes, even radical individuals who don’t really have an ideology or an agenda, other than chaos, that can cause disruptions,” he continued. “And that’s what we have seen. That certainly makes it difficult for people who just want to get the job done. In the area of national security, I think Speaker Johnson’s made it, you know, very clear that he – we have his support to get national security agenda items done. And I think we will.”

Host Ed O’Keefe tried to get Turner to attack former President Donald Trump for selling a special edition of the Bible, the God Bless the USA Bible.

“Do you think it’s appropriate for the former president, for the likely Republican nominee to be selling such a product?” O’Keefe asked.

“I think I’m more concerned about the White House restricting the ability of children to put religious symbols on Easter eggs for the Easter egg roll at the White House,” Turner responded. “You know, I’m glad that CBS gives people the right to express their religious freedom.”

“I can’t imagine that we’re in a situation where the Biden White House is restricting, especially that of children, their ability to express their religious freedom,” he added.


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