MSNBC host Martin Bashir likened Ted Cruz to the cult leader who died in 1993, along with 75 others, after the FBI laid siege to his compound in Waco, Texas.
“Do you think Ted Cruz is a bit like the David Koresh of the Republican party?” Bashir asked on Wednesday. “He’s a bit like a character who believes himself to anointed, believes himself to be a prophet, ignores everything, and torches the place in the process.”
Koresh considered himself himself the final prophet of the Branch Davidian religious sect. After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suspected the group of firearms violations and attempted to raid the ranch, Koresh led a 51-day siege that eventually led to his own death and took the lives of dozens of his coreligionists.
Bashir has a history of fiery rhetoric. Earlier this year, he compared Florida governor Rick Scott to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu after Scott cut government programs. That same month, during the national debate over gun control, the host said the National Rifle Association “deserved to be equated with Hitler.” During the Republican presidential primaries in 2012, Bashir said candidate Rick Santorum “sounds more like Stalin than Pope Innocent III.”