Roland Martin: GOP 'Invited Evil in, and Now Evil Is Taking Over'

By Melanie Arter | February 22, 2016 | 12:11pm EST
"NewsOne Now" host Roland Martin (AP Photo)

( – During a roundtable discussion on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, "NewsOne Now” host Roland Martin said that the Republican Party “invited evil in, and now evil is taking over.”

“This is their problem, they invited evil in, and now evil is taking over, OK. 2009, the night of Obama's inauguration, we will stop him at every turn. They loved the Tea Party anger. They took advantage of it in '10 and '12 -- '14. They always said, we can control it. We can harness it. Now all of a sudden, Trump is taking advantage of it. He lead the whole birther deal,” said Martin.


“The Republican establishment at some point has to say, you know what? We played with fire, and now it's about to consume us,” Martin added. “They have to accept some blame.”

Republican strategist Sara Fagen interjected.

“I don't think the establishment has played with fire. It looks more like a hostile takeover to me,” Fagan said.

“So, why did they like his birther against Obama? Why did they like his fundraising in 2012? No, no, no. If the Republicans allowed Donald Trump to ride the birther (inaudible) to Obama. Did they accept his fundraising prowess in 2012, yes or no?” Martin asked.

Alex Castellanos, the chair of Purple Strategies, said the GOP’s failure is what “created” Trump.

“What created Donald Trump is the failure of the Republican Party to lead this country into the future. We've told America that our principles are only good for saying no and telling people what they can't do,” said Castellanos.

“There's a Democratic Party that's only offering more of the same old failure. Washington just hasn't done enough. There's a Republican Party that can only say no to everything. Guess what, the American people are furious on both ends, and they want to throw everybody out. The failure belongs to both parties,” Castellanos added.

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said the failure of both party establishments are to blame for the emergence of Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“It's what created Donald Trump is both party establishments. Basically, the country feeling like the institution that exists in Washington does not work for anybody, and it certainly doesn't work for the working class of the country. That's what created Donald Trump, the same thing that created Bernie Sanders,” Dowd said.

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