Chris Matthews slams Wasserman Shultz for ignorance: ‘Maybe there’s an intellectual problem’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews slammed Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s refusal — or perhaps inability — to distinguish Democrats from Socialists during his appearance Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

Wasserman Schultz failed to tell the difference between the two during her appearance on Matthews’ show “Hardball” last week, and again when “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked her on an earlier segment of the show.

“Chris? She doesn’t want to answer that question,” Todd said, turning to Matthews.

“I think there’s a big difference,” Matthews said. “Socialists traditionally believe in government control of the economy, and Democrats believe in modifying the economy to help the people at the bottom with a safety net.”

Todd asked why she couldn’t have said that.

“Well, politically, she didn’t want to offend the Bernie people,” Matthews opined. “Maybe there is an intellectual problem, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt and say it was really a political problem she faced.”

Matthews continued, explaining how Democrats are intervening in the market, “but not getting rid of the marker” like socialists. “This is a fundamental difference.”

Yet the national leader of the Democratic Party couldn’t answer that question — twice.

Watch the clip, via NBC:

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