MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Crushes RNC Chair Over Romney’s Birther Comment, Playing Race Card
On Monday’s Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and RNC chair Reince Priebus argued over whether Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans were guilty of playing the race card. Priebus said Democrats were running a negative campaign, and that’s when Matthews let loose on him. Matthews disagreed with Priebus, pointing out Mitt Romney’s recent birther joke, and a Republican primary campaign where at least one candidate referenced Obama as the “Food Stamp President.”
“It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card,” said Matthews, accusing Republicans of playing the race card. Matthews also pointed out Romney’s ad about Obama removing the work requirement in welfare to work programs, a claim which has been debunked by several newspapers.
Mika Brzezinski said Romney’s was just “awkward joker,” while Priebus said it was just a “dumb issue” and a “distraction.” But Matthews is not new to the game of politics, and knows that these sorts of comments are dog whistles.
Matthews grew most angry when Priebus attempted to paint Obama as European in his vision for America. When pressured, Priebus said that a good example of Obama’s European influence is Obamacare, but then Matthews pointed out that several American presidents had tried to overhaul our health care system, and none of them were derided as European, or foreign, because of it. That’s when Priebus gave up the debate, saying, “I’m not going to get into a shouting match with Chris, so..” and Matthews snapped back, “that’s because you’re losing.”
“I’m not going to get into a shouting match with Chris, so,” said Priebus, later calling his accusations “garbage.”
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