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MSNBC's Finney Blames 'Dictator' Bush for Troops in Afghanistan

Media Research CenterOn Wednesday's PoliticsNation, as MSNBC weekend host Karen Finney joined host Al Sharpton in slamming Republicans who liken President Obama to a "dictator," Finney charged that President Bush "lied us into a law" that has resulted in U.S. troops still being in Afghanistan "12 years later," apparently without noticing that President Obama is the commander-in-chief who currently is in charge of whether troops remain in Afghanistan. Finney: "Well, how about George W. Bush lied us into a law thwarting Congress that 12 years later, we still have men and women dying in Afghanistan. If we want to talk about who's a dictator, I actually think we ought to take a look at that."

Below is a trancript of the relevant exchange from the Wednesday, October 30, PoliticsNation on MSNBC:

AL SHARPTON: You know, Karen, right wingers call the president a dictator. But as Abby says, we can have different opinions, not different facts. Let's look at the facts. In President Bush's first five years at office, he issued 197 executive orders. In President Obama's first five years in office, he's issued only 163 executive orders. And they want to portray President Obama as a dictator?

KAREN FINNEY: Well, how about George W. Bush lied us into a law thwarting Congress that 12 years later, we still have men and women dying in Afghanistan. If we want to talk about who's a dictator, I actually think we ought to take a look at that. You know, Ted Cruz loves to throw around the Constitution, and, because he went to Harvard, a lot of times he doesn't get checked, but a lot of the time, if he would read the Constitution would recognize that a lot of what he sort of preaches and talks about is not actually consistent with what the founders intended in writing the Constitution.