MSNBC wasted no time slamming President Trump’s first State of the Union address as Chris Matthews declared it was aimed at viewers who “don’t pay much attention to politics.”
“I thought it was a speech not aimed at the Sean Hannity crowd, the Fox News crowd at all,” the “Hardball” host said Tuesday following Trump’s speech. “I thought this was aimed at his sweet spot, somewhere between 39 percent and 50 percent. I think it was aimed at the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ audience out there, the people that don’t pay much attention to politics generally.”
As cameras showed Trump greeting attendees as he made his way out of the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol, an MSNBC panel weighed in on the president’s speech.
Matthews admitted there were good points to Trump’s speech that touched on popular topics such as the flag and tax cuts as well as “getting rid of the territorial mass of ISIS,” adding that “it had a lot of particular things that weren’t rough.”
But the MSNBC host declared that Trump’s speech got “very ugly” when it came to crime and immigration.
“And then it took a turn halfway through it. It almost got ugly. Very tough about saying immigrants are basically killers, MS-13, beginning a discussion about immigration in a country of immigrants with crime,” Matthews said. “And that was his way of opening up the discussion like ‘I’m protecting us from criminal elements.’ I thought that got very ugly about that point.”
Matthews went on to argue that the president’s speech Tuesday was aimed at a wider audience, without a “raging right-wing theme.”
“But up until that time, I think it was brilliantly confected to reach the sort of center-right audience tonight. It wasn’t aimed at the Fox audience crowd at all. Not at all, there was none of that sort of raging right-wing theme that he usually sells,” Matthews said. “I thought it was pretty specially developed to get his numbers up over 40. That’s what it was aimed at.”
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