It seems that for MSNBC's Chris Hayes, people who hold certain conservative beliefs should be automatically disqualified from holding public office. According to Hayes and his panel of guests, those who oppose same-sex marriage and those who are skeptical of man-made global warming should be automatically disqualified, Newsbusters reported Wednesday.
"It’s a tool of progress when we say that certain things, like opposing marriage equality, are sort of, like, not the kinds of things that mainstream American politicians," he began. Hayes was cut off by a guest, but Paul Bremmer said Hayes' point is "clear."
"Hayes has stumbled upon a new way to squelch debate in this country and pave the way for liberal domination of American political thought," Bremmer said.
The MSNBC host also played clips of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., expressing skepticism of man-made global warming and then later trying to clarify when pressed on the issue.
"[T]he fascinating aspect of this to me is that it looked to me for the first time in a long time that denialism was looking like a thing that was a disqualifier or at least something to be defensive about in a way I haven't seen in a while," Hayes smirked. Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert agreed.
"And I think nowadays it is. I mean, this is an issue that’s – I mean, we’re all threatened by this. I mean, the planet is in danger. Something needs to be done. And I think if you’re just going to deny that this is even occurring, it means that you’re going to be blocking the policies that we need, and it should be a disqualifier," he said.
Hayes, Bremmer said, went so far as to call global warming skeptics "really cuckoo." He also lumped global warming skepticism and opposition to gay marriage with 9/11 trutherism, while failing to mention that fellow MSNBC host Toure Neblett has a history of Truther-style statements.
The implication is clear: According to Hayes and his guests, if one does not believe in far-left wing ideologies, one is not qualified to run for office.
One commenter at Newsbusters noted: "The thought police become braver by the day."
A transcript and video of the exchange can be seen at Newsbusters.