MSNBC’s “Hardball” host is known for saying some off-the-wall stuff, but Chris Matthews really outdid himself on Wednesday’s episode.
While obsessing over the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump, Matthews threw together a montage of Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and Trump saying nice things about each other.
“Governor Matt Bevin wasn’t the only person President Trump praised at the rally, one of them wanted to return the favor,” Matthews said, setting up the video.
Following the video, Matthews remarked that it was “like a Cialis commercial” with Trump and Dobbs “in dueling bathtubs.”
His guest, president and CEO of Vote Latino Maria Teresa Kumar, was humorously disgusted by the comparison, and continued to decry both Dobbs and Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity as a “propaganda machine for the president.” In a particularly ironic condemnation, Kumar suggested “there should be this understanding that, when you are sitting here you are actually acting on the benefit of the public.”
An odd thing to say in front of the man who admitted to feeling a “thrill going up” his leg when then-President Barack Obama spoke.
“I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often,” Matthews gushed in 2008.
And then there was the backlash to hearing people ask about the aforementioned thrill. In the video below, you can’t hear the conversation between Matthews and the man talking to him, but it is clear from the host’s body language that he grows very upset over something mentioned. He even goes so far as to push the man away from him.
Matthews’ overt gushing over former-President Obama earned him the moniker “Tingles” and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
Circling back to the “benefit of the public” comment, it is worth noting that Chris Matthews has a long history of fear-mongering on his program that one could argue does not “benefit the public” in any tangible way.
In May of 2019, Matthews accused Attorney General William Barr of being a “hitman” for the president, and attempting to “destroy the FBI” as a way to protect Trump. Neither of those things seem to be based on any facts, yet he had no problem blasting that opinion out over the airwaves. In what meaningful way is this expressed hatred for Trump any different than Dobb’s expressed support for him?
Matthews even had Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro on his show, and the elected official bolstered the host’s largely unsupported opinion by referring to the AG as a “fixer” for the president, who also acts as a “protector.” Again, none of these statements are backed up by anything real, and it remains unclear how discussions like these work to the “benefit of the public.”
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