The primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor shows how deeply divided and dysfunctional the Republican Party has become, when it comes to important issues like immigration reform, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told CNBC on Thursday.
The perception of Cantor being too willing to compromise with Democrats on immigration has been blamed as a major factor in the Virginia Republican's stunning loss earlier this week.
"But the irony was Eric Cantor wasn't bringing immigration reform to the floor," Hoyer said in a "Squawk Box" interview.
Cantor lost to tea party challenger David Brat "because the Republican Party is in the grips of its far-right element," Hoyer said, but he did still express hope that efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration law are not dead. The Maryland Democrat cited the willingness of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to tackle the problem.