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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.

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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