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Hanna referred specifically to a controversial letter sent to the State Department by Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota US ambassador repeated debunked claim that Abedin has 'egregious' ties to Muslim Brotherhood Bachmann considering running for Franken's seat MORE (R-Minn.) and four others earlier this month that warned of possible influence exerted on the agency by the Muslim Brotherhood. The letter made allegations about the connections between the Islamist group and Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE’s deputy chief of staff. The State Department and the secretary rejected the accusations.
 
“We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides,” he said. “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.”
 
Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (D-Wash.) on Tuesday tweeted that he agreed with the freshman Republican that the “current House GOP majority [is] ‘incapable of governing.’”
 
“Does this count as bipartisan?” McDermott asked of the tweet.

In a subsequent tweet, he invited Hanna to switch parties.

Hanna demonstrated similar disenchantment with his own party at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment last March, where he urged attendees to give money to Democrats in order to send a message to the GOP about female voters.