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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WATCH: Chris Matthews Calls Out Romney’s ‘Cheap Shot’

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, Hardball host Chris Matthews called Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus out on Mitt Romney’s recent birther joke.

Host Joe Scarborough asked Matthews, “Do you think Mitt Romney is playing the race card?”

“There’s no doubt,” Matthews answered. He then connected the joke to the Romney campaign’s series of ads about welfare reform that have repeatedly been declared false by independent fact checkers.

It was a fiery exchange that thrilled many liberals who feel the media is giving Republicans a pass on their use of racial wedge issues that are untethered to facts.

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Priebus deflected the criticism by saying, “We’ve gotten to a place in politics where any moment of levity is frowned upon by guys like you.” He then pointed out that since, he became RNC Chair, he and Mitt Romney have declared over and over again that President Obama was born in the United States.

Priebus is still fuming over Matthews’ accusations. In an interview this afternoon, he called Matthews “the biggest jerk in the room” and disparaged his show. Apparently, Matthews hit a nerve.

Preibus thinks Romney deserves credit for only joking about accusing the President of the United States of fraud. Karl Rove recently said that the president should thank Romney for saying the president was born in the United States.

However within a few hours of the exchange key Romney supporter Donald Trump tweeted this:

Romney has been unwilling to condemn Trump’s unrepentant birtherism since he stood on stage to accept the billionaire’s endorsement early this year. Clearly, playing the race card is a strategy Romney can’t afford to give up.

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  • I like Chris Mathews and I agree with most of what he says, but I don’t like to emulate FOX and their shouting matches.

    • CAThinker

      I don’t like it either… But glad someone else is happy to do it. I think that has been a legacy problem with Democrats – too intellectual and high-minded to get into the dirt where the real fight is… And that approach is what continues to get the Dems in trouble – they didn’t come out near hard enough to defend ACA so they let the Talipublicans define the program for them, to disastrous results… Same thing with the lies, I was glad to see Obama call them out on the welfare lie, but we need to add the counter-punch to our arsenal – I hate that Dems only bring knives to gunfights… then commiserate about losing. Keep at it Chris Matthews… and get the rest of mainstream media off their butts and questioning claims – that’s your job and we need you guys to do that now more than ever.

  • js121

    None of us like to turn bully as the New Right Extremists do; but, sometimes it is Necessary – albeit unwelcome – that we pursue those that hide behind lies and deceit. Get the truth out! Thanks Chris Mathews for pushing the issue.

    • onedonewong

      Let me know when Mathews does that

  • jcbsdriver

    Does anyone really care what Donald Trump thinks? Someone please just pull the plug on this man!

    • onedonewong

      I agree does anyone care what barak has to say?? Its always the same its W’s fault and everyone is doing fine

  • montanabill

    Is Chris Matthews still around? Apparently zombies are real.

  • When Priebus mentioned Europe in the midst of the health care bill,I think Cris Matthews should have mentioned Romneycare along with most of the Presidents of the last two hundred years.

  • mah101

    The most shocking thing about this article is that I learned that someone actually follows Donald Trump on Twitter.

  • onedonewong

    A obama shill who feels a tingle in his leg when ever he see’s that’s a real homosexual

    • YepThatTell

      Pardon me; are you speaking from personal experience?

      • onedonewong

        That’s wallaces take on his messiah

      • CAThinker

        ODW is a closet gay – he’s waiting for Michelle Bachmann’s husband to cure him.

  • sleeprn01

    Usually when I hear a joke, I laugh. When Gov. Romney made his little birther joke I heard no laughing, I heard cheers. I guess some white people like this type of race baiting humor.

    • YepThatTell

      Romney/GOP will do and say anything to get a few more white votes, because he ain’t gonna get them from minorities. But I think it’s a miscalculation; too many whites in the working class see what the GOP has in store for them should they win the White House and Congress. I would hope the GOP wouldn’t get votes from most women, at all. The GOP plays to people’s fears and prejudices and embraces special hatred aimed at our President, who is half-black and half-white, (I mean, for cryin’ out loud, haven’t we evolved past this yet?) The GOP is celebrating Racism and doing whatever it can to make racists their voting base. They do a very good job of race-baiting and fear-mongering. They’d take this nation back to the 1960s or earlier. They think we’re all stupid enough to believe their BS. But they’re wrong, just like they are wrong on most of the economic, social and healthcare issues in this country today. Obama by a Landslide in 2012.

  • docb

    A sterling moment…Chris Matthews showed them all, including the bobbleheads on set, how to do the job they were hired to do but have been too chicken to do!!! Matthews deserves a medal for calling them on their racist other BS!

    Reince is a has been from WI that was kicked out of office…

    Drop the vowels from his name and you get:
    RNC PR BS!

  • YepThatTell

    Thank you, Chris Matthews. You’re a better and braver journalist than the majority of your peers out there. Keep speaking the truth…the GOP is so uncomfortable with the truth and they have lied so long and so well that they believe their own BS. It’s up to the rest of us to spread Truth.

    • CAThinker

      Absolutely!!! Watching it unfold I could tell he knew it was a lie, but he had no recourse… What was even funnier… and I’m sure those of weaker minds didn’t get it – watching Rick Santorum dodge Andrea Mitchell’s question about the welfare lie… Amazing – the weasel didn’t skip a beat and redirected. Not sure which weasel would have been worse – Santorum or Romney. They’re cut from the same cloth… If Rick Perry were nominated, at least he would have been a lot more fun to watch…

  • Reince Preibus is a joke. He knows exactly what he’s doing with his party all of a sudden harkening Obama’s CENTER-RIGHT policies to European socialism. How is forcing people to buy insurance from PRIVATE companies a government takeover? It’s not. Not only that, Preibus’ nominee is the author of that healthcare that they hate so much. When someone like Preibus starts talking about how foreign Obama apparently is, he has no other choice but to talk in circles. Chris is right. FDR and Truman weren’t “foreign”, they were American liberals and no one questioned it. The GOP of 2012 makes me nauseous.

    • CAThinker

      I watched the exchange live – it was fun to watch. Matthews was like a pitbull and Preibus the chew toy… Preibus did a terrible job of defending himself (not that he had a platform to defend) but when all else failed, he whined – typical modern Talipublican… Preibus, what a joke – big man in polite circles, but I’m sure he’d be the belle of the ball in prison… What a wimp.

  • America will never turn around! Too many whites think that blacks should not talk about anything just accept the fact that they are not wanted and take what ever the white populaces gives them! Yet if we don’t like the fact that they want to steam roll us off the page, and say something about the injustice, they claim we ask for too much! This came to a head when Obama became the president! For almost four years we have had to put up with more racist remarks than back in the Jim Crow years, and white think this is Okay! I am a disabled Vietnam Vet! While I was killing for this nation, I had to fight whites who tried to kill me in combat! This crap has got to stop, but I know it won’t happen in my life time. I am 61 and it’s just like when I was a kid.