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Howard Dean says Republicans are making the same mistakes as the Muslim Brotherhood

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Former Gov. Howard Dean, D-Vt., said Republicans are behaving like the Muslim Brotherhood on social issues.

"The Republicans on the Right are making the same mistakes as the Islamic Brotherhood made in Egypt," Dean said in an MSNBC interview.

"They get in and they only focus on social issues, they don't do anything about jobs," he said.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's strict views on social issues were the reason why he was ousted from power by the Egyptian military, according to Dean.

"The reason that Morsi went down ultimately was because the public wanted jobs and all he was talking about was repression for religious reasons; all these guys are talking about is repression for whatever their reason is," Dean said.

Dean made his comments during a discussion with Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell about the Virginia gubernatorial election results.

"I'm going to get a lot of hate-tweets for saying this," Dean said.

Dean said Republicans failed to deliver on promised jobs and only focused on social issues, which was the reason that Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost the gubernatorial election.

"In fact, things get worse under Republicans historically, economically then they do under Democrats and that's a fact," Dean said.

Nobody on the show challenged him to provide facts for his assertion. But Dean is mistaken on Republicans and jobs, especially with Virginia's outgoing chief executive, Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Under McDonnell, Virginia unemployment rates have been as low as 5.2 percent – down from 7.4 percent when he took office in January 2010.

According to a Republican Governors Association poll released in October, McDonnell enjoys a 60 percent job approval rating, with 55 percent of independent voters endorsing his job performance even though he signed bills that restricted abortion.

McDonnell's administration has also seen a federal investigation of the governor's relationship with a donor, including gifts he accepted from the individual.

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