Bruce Bartlett, who served as domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official for President George H.W. Bush, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of “All in with Chris Hayes,” on Friday that the Republican Party has been “hijacked by crazy people, stupid people.”

“I don’t understand why they’re so afraid to speak out and say that their party has been hijacked by crazy people, stupid people,” Bartlett said referring to the Republican Party.

Bartlett, who is currently a columnist and blogger for the Fiscal Times, said he wondered why former Treasury secretaries who worked for Republican administrations did not speak out publicly during the budget impasse to tell the GOP that not raising the debt ceiling would be a “bad idea.”

“I mean if they had I would have trumpeted it to the skies, but we have quite a few former living Treasury secretaries – George Schultz, Paul O’Neill, my old boss Nicholas Brady, Henry Paulson, John Snow. Not one said that their party was crazy, stupid, insane. I’m the only one who was around saying that,” Bartlett said.

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