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#EndorseThis: Sanders’ Campaign Manager Turns Tax Return Question On Chris Matthews

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#EndorseThis: Sanders’ Campaign Manager Turns Tax Return Question On Chris Matthews

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When Chris Matthews brought up Bernie Sanders’ refusal to disclose his tax returns on Monday night’s Hardball, the host never imagined it would get so personal.

His guest was Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, who was clearly tired of being hounded on the issue. In a brilliantly awkward turn of events, Weaver retorted that Matthews was in no position to criticize Sanders, based on his own failure to share tax information during his wife’s campaign.

“Oh, here we go,” Matthews says under his breath, as Weaver begins the rebuttal.

Weaver was referring to Kathleen Matthews, who earlier this year ran for the House of Representatives in Maryland’s 8th congressional district. Despite receiving the endorsement of The Washington Post and help from some of Hillary Clinton’s top donors, she lost to State Senator Jamie Raskin in the Democratic primary.

Sanders’ tax returns have become a point of controversy this election cycle, given that a pillar of his campaign is his crusade for financial integrity. While rival Hillary Clinton has released eight year’s worth of tax returns on her website, and many more years in previous elections, Bernie Sanders has been filibustering the matter for months now, at one point even falsely claiming that his records were available to the public.

During the interview, Matthews repeatedly responded with the excuse that it was an unfair question, as he had no involvement in his wife’s campaign. Weaver wrapped up the interview with the quip, “This is Hardball, Chris.”

Matthews thanked his guests as the show wrapped up — all of them, of course, except Bernie Sanders campaign manager, Jeff Weaver.

Photo and Video: Crooks & Liars, MSNBC



  1. 1artworkz June 7, 2016

    Jeff Weaver is the worst thing that happened to Bernie’s campaign. The nastiness in Sanders’ campaign is directly attributed to Weaver.

    1. Blueberry Hill June 7, 2016

      Totally agree, Bernie was much nicer before he took that creep on.


      1. teryn0069 June 7, 2016

        nice guys never win…..especially when Clinton is involved.

        1. YankeeClipper June 7, 2016

          Hmm. Then I gotta wonder how President Obama was elected

          1. AgLander June 7, 2016

            You ARE kidding…..right?

          2. j_verria June 7, 2016

            You still here??

          3. dpaano June 8, 2016

            Yeah, he doesn’t notice that most of us are ignoring him!

    2. Paul Norman June 7, 2016

      I completely agree. His attack on Chris was as mean spirited as it gets. Chris’ wife was not running for president and he had nothing to do with her campaign (I think he may have mentioned it once).

      1. AgLander June 7, 2016

        Poor baby Chris……he’ll get over it. If not then tough.

    3. AgLander June 7, 2016

      Clinton and her team of rubes would need to greatly improve just to reach nasty!

      1. 1artworkz June 8, 2016

        It’s amazing how much of a Hillary hater you are. I bet you are one of those right wing nuts that will vote for Trump.

  2. Blueberry Hill June 7, 2016

    He is obviously cheating or not paying his taxes. What he did show would not include the income for both of them. That is cheating. Did they even FILE income taxes? It wouldn’t take this long to get them out of a drawer and show them, unless they first need to fill them out.


    1. Paul Norman June 7, 2016

      He doesn’t want the Burlington College fiasco made public. Jane ran it into bankruptcy and then took a $200K severance. I’m sure that shows up on their taxes. Bernie was never fully vetted because Hillary needed his voters for the general.

      1. Blueberry Hill June 7, 2016

        It is a shame that this hasn’t come out before now. He has so many people thinking he is St. Bernie. I think anyone who runs any business into bankruptcy should not get any severance. I’m glad he is losing.


        1. FoolsRushLandHannityIn June 8, 2016

          Bingo. This is the only plausible excuse. I supported Bernie but his choice of Weaver calls into question his judgment. If he wasn’t ready to release his tax returns he should not have run.

        2. dpaano June 8, 2016

          Gee, and Trump ran 4 businesses into bankruptcy!!! And, he has refused to submit his tax returns. What is HE hiding?

  3. Ronald Weathersby June 7, 2016

    Apples and oranges. Chris’ wife was a Congressional candidate. Senator Sanders is running for president. I an rather surprised that Bernie has not released his tax returns and a tad bit disappointed.

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  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 7, 2016

    this guy is a clown such an idiot heck I could see DONNY DUMP giving him a job knowing he is the kind of clown that would fit well in the DUMPSTER clown car

  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 7, 2016

    this POS when he was getting cornered by Chris with no answers he started talking about Chris’s wife . if I was Crist (he at times dose go off the handle so why not ) when he said something about his wife Chris. should said hey chill or ill talk about your hubby

    1. AgLander June 7, 2016

      Ah’ what a shame…….no thrill running up Chrissie’s leg this time. In fact he got his lunch fed to him!

      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 7, 2016

        Opinion yes you have yours as thy are like buttholes every one has one . for some reason I believe your is bigger then most . but who to tell you what you should talk out of ?

        1. AgLander June 7, 2016

          I got your meaning although it is obvious that English is your second language!

          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 7, 2016

            well now that I think of it its my 4th but that’s ok you stick to your English teaching im sure you teach the little boys well

          2. AgLander June 7, 2016

            In that case allow me to serve as your life skill coach and encourage you to “do a few things well, instead of a lot of things poorly”.

          3. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 8, 2016

            ill pass on any and every thing you want to coach me one . I rather not learn from one that more then likely want to molest me more then teach . I don’t want to learn your molesting tricks and not going to be your next one

  6. plc97477 June 7, 2016

    The part of the whole situation that bernie should learn from is Kathleen lost her race.

  7. Kanawah June 7, 2016

    The candidates tax returns are different than the candidates spouse’s tax returns. Both are important, but the candidate’s it the more important

    1. A_Real_Einstein June 8, 2016

      Spouses file jointly. It is the same return. Matthews is a bad loser.

  8. Kanawah June 7, 2016

    On that subject, Mr Good Hair trump has not released his returns either.

  9. Deb June 7, 2016

    Matthews’ wife’s failure to release her returns does not change Sanders’ failure to release his. Trump hasn’t released his either. So what? Do 2 wrongs now make a right? Plus, neither Kathleen Matthews nor Trump are running on a platform of financial transparency. Sanders has linked a failure of being utterly transparent to being equivalent to be corrupt. His failure to produce his returns is just one more example of his hypocrisy!

    Weaver may be the architect of most of the dirty politics to which the campaign has stooped. However, Sanders has approved it all & even publicly condoned attacks on Hillary, disrupting her rallies, & the vile behavior of his most aggressive acolytes because they were “angry”! Sanders has direct control over his campaign staff and should be able to reign in his supporters or disavow them when their behavior is truly unacceptable to him. He has done none of that. So it’s all on him.

  10. earlwatters June 7, 2016

    got you moment doesn’t it hurt matthews? lololol

  11. A. D. Reed June 7, 2016

    I don’t know of any congressional primary candidates whose spouses have been expected or asked or required to release their tax returns. A candidate shouldn’t hesitate to do so if it’s expected of all candidates in a primary race; and after winning a primary all nominees might be asked to do so — though again, how many people running for Congress have ever done so? But for a spouse of a losing primary candidate? That’s absurd.

    Frankly, I seriously doubt that Jane Sanders has ever released her tax returns in the 34 years that her husband has been a government employee. She certainly didn’t release hers for the years when the college she ran went bankrupt and she got a huge buyout when she was fired.

  12. FT66 June 8, 2016

    Jeff Weaver has ruined Bernie’s campaign. He doesn’t even know how people dodge questions.

    1. AgLander June 8, 2016

      Agree…..Hillary is the absolute best at that type deception.

      1. FT66 June 8, 2016

        Are you obssessed with Hillary? Why going after her all the time?

      2. 1artworkz June 8, 2016

        Bernie’s been cheated. The democratic party has conspired against him. Hillary stolen the election. It’s time for a 3rd party run.

  13. Bonafide1 June 8, 2016

    Hard to believe the Mathews perv troll is still on TV. What network?

  14. dpaano June 8, 2016

    What a pitiful excuse for not providing Sander’s tax returns!!


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