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Hanna referred specifically to a controversial letter sent to the State Department by Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannKlobuchar urges CNN town hall audience: 'That's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' Will Biden lead a 'return to normalcy' in 2020? 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 ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy 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 McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottBottom Line Promoting the voice of Korean Americans Lobbying World 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.