According to MSNBC host Ed Schultz, Detroit is a “conservative utopia” that was forced to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy last week because of its “Republican policies.”
“Make no mistake, Detroit going bankrupt is exactly what the Republicans want,” the progressive host outrageously told viewers during Saturday’s episode of “The Ed Show.”
“Now they can wipe the slate clean because now they can start privatizing city assets,” he added, before rubbing in that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, completely supported the filing.
In fact, this is what the governor actually said on the bankruptcy filing: “This is a last resort, it’s something I would’ve preferred to avoid, but now that it’s here, this is the way to solve the problem.”
Schultz accused Republicans of outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, attacking unions, and making cuts to public services benefits, blaming the lack of tax revenue in Detroit on Snyder as well and his self-appointed city manager, Kevyn Orr.
“When you have horrible public services, no one wants to live in the city – which means less tax revenue to fix all of the problems and the needs of the public,” Schultz said. “It’s a very vicious cycle, it’s the Republican way, and Snyder’s emergency city manager is to blame.”
Schultz is also wrong in his claim that Detroit is a “conservative utopia,” as the Motor City hasn’t had a Republican mayor for more than 50 years.
Watch Schultz’s rant below.