- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ESPN Radio host Tony Kornheiser recently compared the tea party to the Islamic State terror group, suggesting ultra-conservatives are trying to build a “caliphate” in Congress.

Mr. Kornheiser invited political journalist and Huffington Post editor Howard Fineman on his ESPN 980 radio show to talk about Paul Ryan and the Tea Party on Friday, Newsbusters reported.

Mr. Fineman argued that Mr. Ryan, if elected as House Speaker, would have to spend most of his time trying to deal with “these tea party people.”

“What he’s probably going to have to do, if in fact he gets in, is stage some kind of fight with them and defeat them, or take away their power, or go after them. I don’t know if he’s got the guts to do that. I don’t know if he knows he’s got the numbers to do it,” Mr. Fineman posited.

“Are they like ISIS trying to establish a Caliphate here?” Mr. Kornheiser asked, referring to the Islamic State.

Mr. Fineman gushed over the comparison.

“Yes! Yes! That’s a very good analogy!” he replied. “Without the violence obviously, but yes, they are a rejectionist front. They don’t want to legislate. They think legislation is capitulation. And they want to shut the government down.”

In August, ESPN suspended baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he retweeted a photo that compared radical Muslims to Nazis. Many conservatives on Twitter expressed doubt on whether ESPN would give Mr. Kornheiser the same treatment.

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