Appearing on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki on Saturday, Rep. Steve Cohen, D.-Tenn., criticized the Republicans who opposed the implementation of Obamacare, which led to the two week long government shutdown this month, as “domestic enemies” of the U.S. government.
“I obviously do not have an opportunity to go within the conference, the Republican, we call it a caucus, they call it a conference,” Cohen said. “But I know some of the members there, and a lot of those members, they're rabid, they're sophomoric, literally, they're second term in Congress, never worked in politics before, and they think they are somehow like--it's all talked in military terms. They think they're some kind of guerillas there to strike a blow for freedom. I think they may try to pull this off again. What John Boehner is going to have to do is decide that he's not going to be Speaker in 2015 and work with the same crew that gave us the opening-up of government: Nancy Pelosi's Democratic caucus and give or take 80 reasonable Republicans and pass some bills to avoid another CR problem and shutdown and avoid the debt crisis, protect the country from these people, who really, you got to think, we take an oath to support the country against all enemies foreign and domestic, and these are the domestic enemies.”
While many have blamed the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party for causing the shutdown, others, such as Cohen, have taken the criticism further, even calling for their arrests.
A petition posted on liberal website MoveOn.org calls for the arrests of Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Eric Cantor.
“I call on the Justice Department of the United States of America to arrest Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and other decision-making House Republican leaders for the crime of seditious conspiracy against the United States of America,” the petition reads.
Regardless of who was at fault for the shutdown, everyone involved has taken a hit in public opinion, though Republicans especially so.