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DNC Chair Accuses GOP of Sinister Shutdown Motive on HuffPost Live

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says conservatives oppose giving healthcare to people.

You know you’ve gone off the deep end when liberal Huffington Post takes a more moderate view. HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill showed how weird that could be when he  interviewed Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., on Oct. 15. Schultz was promoting her new book “For the Next Generation,” but spent most of the time bashing “extremist” Tea Party Republicans.

While discussing the shutdown, Schultz declared that Republicans “shut down the government over whether or not we are going to give everyone access to quality, affordable healthcare.” Hill attempted to clarify: “You’re not suggesting the Republican Party is shutting down the government so that people won’t get healthcare, right?”

Schulz doubled down on her absurd claim, saying “Oh, yes I am. Absolutely. That is exactly what they are doing.”

Notably, even HuffPost’s host was taken aback by Schulz’s declaration. He stopped her, mid-conversation, saying “Let me pause you for one minute, just to be fair representation,” to clarify whether she was actually accusing Republicans of simply wanting to deny people healthcare.

Schulz’s commitment to her accusation ignored the multitude of reasons Republicans have objected to Obamacare. This is not the first time, however, that she has attempted to make ridiculous claims about Republicans during the shutdown. On Oct. 14 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Schulz blamed the shutdown specifically on men, claiming women would “get this done in a few hours.”

— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. Follow Sean Long on Twitter.