“These recent comments by three of my Republican colleagues must be challenged,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Partisan passions always rise two weeks before an election, but calling the other party 'anti-American,' saying members of one party 'hate real Americans' and 'want the American public to suffer' crosses the line.”
Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann, Robin Hayes and Randy Kuhl have all gotten in hot water recently over comments critical of both Democrats and liberals.
Emanuel called on Republican to disavow the statements — even though some already have. Still, he managed to get in a few digs of his own.
"No wonder Colin Powell is so concerned about the direction of the Republican Party,” he said. “It is at risk of being taken over by the voices of fear and division. A party so intent on dividing America is unfit to lead all of America.”