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Chris Matthews’ Attack On GOP Chair And Romney’s Racism And Birtherism Goes Viral

by David Badash on August 27, 2012

in News,Politics

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Chris Matthews told GOP Chairman Reince Priebus that Mitt Romney, Priebus, and the GOP are playing the race card and attacked them for Romney’s birther joke on Friday, calling it “garbage” and “insane.” Matthews, a long-time MSNBC anchor, this morning appeared on “Morning Joe” to deliver his message, which at times earned him applause from the bipartisan panel. Priebus claimed Obama’s policies are “European,” and thus he deserves the attacks he’s getting from the GOP. The video is now going viral on both liberal and conservative sites.

“It just seems funny that the first joke he ever told in his life was about Obama’s birth certificate,” Matthews said as he slammed Priebus for Romney’s birther attack on Friday.

“That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate’ was awful,” Chris Matthews told Priebus. “It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card. This stuff about getting rid of the work requirement for welfare is dishonest, everyone’s pointed out it’s dishonest and you are playing that little ethnic card there. And you can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card. When you start talking about work requirements, we know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing, it’s a race card.”

Via The Huffington Post:

The MSNBC host was livid over Mitt Romney’s recent birth certificate joke, and false claims that Obama ended work requirements for welfare.

“That cheap shot … was awful,” Matthews said, referring to the joke. “It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card … you are playing that ethnic card there.” As Priebus apparently laughed and co-host Joe Scarborough tried to get a word in, Matthews continued, “you can sit there and giggle about it, but the fact is your party is playing that card.”

“You think Mitt Romney’s playing the race card?” Scarborough asked.

“There’s no doubt he did,” Matthews said. Co-host Mika Brzezinski speculated that Romney may have said what he said because he is an “awkward joker.”

Priebus said Matthews was just trying to “push his brand” with his “monologue.”

Of course, the radical, right wing Tea Party site NewsBusters called Matthews “unhinged,” and said it was “a good reason why members of the GOP avoid MSNBC.”

And the conservative Washington Examiner ran a piece titled, “MSNBC’s Chris Mathews loses his mind in Tampa.”


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PA Remmell August 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

How DARE Matthews rain on Priebus's little party? Preince Reince had just gotten God Himself to move Isaac so the dancing horses don't get blown around and now Matthews' head explodes all over his party dress.

InvokeRights August 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Well from what I read of this article, I actually have to commend him for calling Romney out on this little tidbit. I know when I first heard it, my jaw dropped (as apparently did Romney's numbers, LOL)

So kudos to this guy for pointing it out…now step aside and let the clean up crews do their job. LOL

Kiltedbear August 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I don't understand why Chris didn't jump on the fact that Mitt Romney did free health care here in MA and when the person who wrote both the MA bill and the Federal bill was interviewed on it, he said that they were essentially the same bill. The whole healthcare argument for Romney completely falls apart for there on. He essentially is running against a policy that he not only helped invent, but PUSHED here in MA in every interview he ever took while he was Gov. here in MA

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