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Matthews: Romney, Priebus, Reagan Racists

From an earlier Politico piece:

GOP Convention: Chris Matthews tees off on Reince Priebus

By TIM MAK | 8/27/12

MSNBC host Chris Matthews lashed out at Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Monday, attacking Republican campaign rhetoric and accusing presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney of playing the race card.

Referring to Mitt Romney’s reference last week to his own birth certificate, Matthews said, “That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate’ was awful. You are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card.”

Meanwhile, Obama has not only repeatedly joked about his birth certificate, including at the last White House Correspondents Dinner, which Matthews attended, but his campaign is selling ‘birth certificate’ cups and buttons.

But somehow that isn’t playing the "ethnic" (meaning racist) card.

From a later Politico piece:

Chris Matthews defends attack on Priebus: GOP ‘dividing country along racial lines’

By DYLAN BYERS | 8/27/12

TAMPA — In an emotional interview with POLITICO tonight, MSNBC host Chris Matthews defended his spirited attack against RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in which he alleged that the Republican party was guilty of playing the race card against President Barack Obama.

"It is obvious that this is something I care passionately about: race was abused by white politicians in my lifetime, including Reagan. For someone to come on the program and deny that this is part of their process, I couldn’t take that," Matthews said.

Mr. Matthews is old enough to remember the days of Jim Crow. Jim Crow was a Democrat. Jim Crow laws were all written by Democrats, enforced by Democrats, and for only one purpose: to keep Democrats in power. When has Mr. Matthews ever railed against that?

"This is something I really, deeply believe in. We grew up in a country where appeals to race have been awful, terrible. This language — we are beyond this. It had to be called out."

Even if you have to imagine them.

On today’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Matthews told Priebus that Republican attacks on President Obama’s welfare stance, as well as Mitt Romney’s remark about his birth certificate, were evidence that the Republican party was playing "that little ethnic card… the race card," and called it an embarrassment to the party.

Note that the earlier Politico report did not even mention Matthews’ welfare charge. But apparently it means that Bill Clinton is a racist, too.

As we have noted before, our first black President, Bill Clinton, ran for the Presidency twice on the issue of welfare reform. And Mr. Clinton signed the welfare reform bill (albeit, reluctantly) into law.

Matthews criticism, leveled with a remarkable emotional intensity, visibly rankled the show’s co-hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer called it "outlandish." Priebus called it "garbage," and later charged Matthews with trying to be "the biggest jerk in the room." In an interview with Matthews Monday evening, Newt Gingrich charged Matthews with racism.

Mr. Gingrich rightfully pointed out that there are more white people on welfare than blacks. So, in fact, Matthews is only showing his own racism when he says welfare reform is a racist move.

But Matthews told POLITICO that has received an outpouring of support — from his bosses, who he says "agree with substance of what I said," and from fans in places as disparate as Mozambique and Jamaica.

Matthews’ "bosses" at MSNBC support him calling the chairman of the Republican Party and the GOP’s nominee racist? What a shock?

"I have never heard — never heard — such a positive response," Matthews said. "The people I’ve met, globally, the people who have felt this, personally — I’ve never got such a positive response." …

Matthews is a dangerously deluded race-baiter. Race-baiting should be discouraged, not applauded.

Asked about his tone, Matthews said, "There come times when the passion should be reflective in the tone."

"There are a couple issues like peace and war, and race relations — this is, deeply, not something we should be revisiting in the 21st century," he said. "It isn’t even covert any more, its [sic] overt. Race is the San Andreas Fault in this country, and this is dividing this country along racial lines."

This is actually what Matthews and the rest of the Democrat Party hope for, rather than fear. Which is why they cry racism every chance they can get. Even if they have to make it up.

Matthews said he met with Priebus after the show and asked him to come on tonight’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, which Matthews hosts, to "continue the conversation." Priebus, Matthews says, told him he had 23 events tonight and couldn’t make it.

But Matthews has no illusions about where Priebus stands.

"Like [H.L.] Mencken said, ‘Never argue with somebody whose job depends on not being convinced,’" Matthews said.

Mr. Mencken, who coined the term ‘boobocracy’ for people like Chris Matthews, must be spinning in his grave.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Matthews: Romney, Priebus, Reagan Racists”

  1. untrainable says:

    Now it’s the “Ethnic Card”? Are we now in a situation that demands the word race be removed from the spoken dictionary because using the word race is racist? Isn’t it amazing how far “ethnic” relations have come since Oblameless brought unity to America all those years ago. Now if he can just bring sea levels back down to the 1967 borders…

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Hell yes we’re racists! Damn proud of it, too.

    I’m a Damn Proud Member of the human race.

    In this, The Age of Confusion, Ruled by The New Dumb, a war of eugenics waged on a battlefield of Political Correctness …. authentic humans unmolested by the genetic changes evil does to two-leggeds … I guarandamntee you I am rooting for my Race.

    The Human Race.

    “What will be the signs, Lord?”
    “It will be as in the days of Noah”

  3. JohnMG says:

    I have to agree with Matthews on one point; there are certain things that elicit a highly emotional response. Matthews (yes, Mathews is a ‘thing’) is one of them. Whenever he opens his mouth I immediately want to charge across the room, tear his head off, and then crap down the hole.

    Failing that, I want to be a first-hand witness on November 7 when his freakin’ head explodes.

  4. Petronius says:

    Liberals have also called me a “racist,” as if that were still a bad thing!

    Romney, Priebus, and Reagan?

    But why stop there?

    Let’s add William Shockley, Dr James Watson, and Francis Crick, all Nobel Prize winners.

    And let’s also not forget Arthur R. Jensen, Charles Murray, Philippe Rushton, Sir John R. Baker, Carleton Coon, Sir Arthur Keith, Winston Churchill, Ernst Huber, E. O. Wilson, Michael Levin, Konrad Lorenz, Raymond Cattell, Elmer Pendell, Lawrence Keeley, and Steven Farron, among countless others.

    Of course most of those gentlemen had concrete reasons–scientific experiments, observations, and data!–for their conclusions. Whereas Liberals have ideology, self-righteousness, and name-calling to support their views.

  5. canary says:

    I can’t watch MSNBC period. And either TV shows that start the gay kissing get cancelled or they are ready to be cancelled and so they end it with disgusting scenes. If you are objective there is less kissing among the other cast you will notice, and the heaviest part is the interaction between gays.

    And Matthews reminds me Barney Frank. Someone you want to dodge being spit on.

    • canary says:

      I mean you want to dodge Matthew’s spit and sweat the same as you’d want to dodge slobbering Barney Frank’s body fluids.

  6. canary says:

    Chris Matthew’s patronizing “tweeter” bragging he forgot Obama was black for 60 minutes.


    Newt slams Matthews

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