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Rachel Maddow Rips Republican 'Kooks' (VIDEO)

08/13/2013 08:45 am ET

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Since the 2012 election, Rachel Maddow has argued that conservative conspiracy theories that formerly existed on the fringe of the Republican Party have slowly made its way into mainstream GOP politics.

Previously, Maddow pointed to how politicians adopted narratives conceived and/or pushed out by conservatives including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones or talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. But on her Monday MSNBC show, Maddow tore into the GOP for allowing who she called "kooks" like Donald Trump and Rep. Steve King to tout such fringe views on mainstream television.

She showed clips of Trump and King's respective appearances on network television's Sunday public affairs programming. On ABC's "This Week," Trump once again denounced the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. On NBC's "Meet The Press," King asked (and likely insulted) Latina Republican strategist Ana Navarro if she "understood the language" of his argument (the language being English).

"They should start tying a bell around these guys or something so we can tell when they are coming," Maddow said.

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