MIT Professor Noam Chomsky recently gave his assessment of the Republican race for the White House with former reality-TV star Donald Trump leading the pack after a speech at New York’s The New School this weekend and the renowned political thinker surmised that the Grand Ole Party has become too extreme to still be considered a legitimate American political party.
“Republicans have just drifted off the spectrum,” Chomsky declared in response to a question about what the “antics” of Trump say about American exceptionalism.
Noting the remarkably similar hawkish bluster against the Iran nuclear deal from supposedly “serious” candidate Jeb Bush and recently departed (from the campaign trail, not life) hopeful Scott Walker, Chomsky said the Republican 2016 field is “off the spectrum of not only international opinion, but even relative sanity.”
“I think we should recognize that the other candidates are not that different,” from Trump, Chomsky offered. “If you take a look at—just take a look at their views. You know, they tell you their views, and they’re astonishing.”
Chomsky went on to cite a 2013 essay by conservative Norm Ornstein and Brooking’s fellow Thomas Mann decrying the devolution of the Republican Party to a “radical insurgency”:
You can tell that even by the votes. I mean, any issue of any complexity is going to have some diversity of opinion. But when you get a unanimous vote to kill the Iranian deal or the Affordable Care Act or whatever the next thing may be, you know you’re not dealing with a political party.