Al Sharpton: GOP ‘Built on Fear and Obstruction’

By Melanie Arter | June 18, 2013 | 9:57 AM EDT

Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation" (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” said Friday that Republicans are “scared,” because the party is “built on fear and obstruction.”

“This is who they are. They are scared, because the party is built on fear and obstruction, and no matter how hard they try, it’s not working,” said Sharpton after reading a tweet from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that bragged about being “Obamaphobic.”

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“If supporting real immigration reform, not path to citizenship is ‘Obamaphobia,’ guilty as charged. RT is you’re a fellow ‘Obamaphobic!’” Cruz tweeted in response to Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) accusation that Cruz has “Obamaphobia” for opposing the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill.

“Bragging about being Obamaphobic? Now I know he was responding to a Democratic senator, but the fact is this is who they are,” said Sharpton. “They are scared, because the party is built on fear and obstruction, and no matter how hard they try, it’s not working.”

“You’ve got to hand it to the Republicans. They know how to stay on message. Scandal, scandal, scandal is all you hear from the right,” Sharpton said.