Matthews blasts J.C. Watts, says GOP ‘doesn’t like black presidents’

During his show Thursday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews accused the GOP of using “dog whistles” to signal racism in a discussion with former Congressman J.C. Watts.

Matthews played a montage of clips that included Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and Jon Sununu to illustrate what he said was their way of saying “we don’t like black presidents.”

Responding the Trump clip, Watts said, “On the birther thing, I think that’s a losing issue. I can’t speak for the Republican party.”

It has been speculated recently that Watts may have an interest in the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.  “You’re going to have to speak for these clowns,” Matthews challenged.

Watts said “there has to be a different tone” and that it is “unfair to paint with a broad brush,” but was interrupted before he could finish his sentence.

“Do you agree that these are dog whistles,” Matthews asked pointedly. “These are signals to people; we don’t like black presidents?” 

“I was critical of the Romney folks – they had no diversity in their campaign,” Watts replied.

 See the exchange from Mediaite here:

 

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • sunflower

    Blockhead Chris….won't even let his guests talk.

  • KodysGrandma

    With someone would ask Matthews point blank if it is possible for a white person to oppose ANYTHING O says or does without being accused of being racist.

    • Isabel Garcia

      AMEN!!!

  • Margo

    I'd like to ask Chris if all those blacks who voted for Obama are racists because they voted against a white person. Gee!

  • hank guinn

    I bet that will give you more than tingles up your leg.

  • Tom Faggart

    What do you call it when 95% of one race vote for one of their own? Guess the color makes the difference.