Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 26, 2013
Racism, McCarthyism and hatred – all terms that describe the GOP’s opposition to President Barack Obama’s spending policies and Obamacare, according to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
The “Hardball” host was appearing on his colleague Rachel Maddow’s prime time MSNBC show to discuss his new book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked,” when he made the incredulous statements.
“The Republican party has really gone off the other end,” he said. “I think you’re seeing in these people a tad – a very bad tad – of [former Wisconsin Sen.] Joe McCarthy in this thing that Cruz is up to. Certainly a lot of Newt Gingrich. A lot of revolutionary anger that’s unfocused, it’s free-floating, and a lot of it has to do with we have our first black president.”
Matthews then pointed out how a protester participating in the protests by war veterans at their national memorials in Washington, D.C. this past weekend chose to fly a Confederate flag in front of the White House.
“What is that about? They wouldn’t have shown that if a white guy was in there,” he remarked, before continuing into a diatribe about how much Republicans hate the nation’s 44th president.
“There’s something that just riles them up against Obama that’s really something different than politics. I think it’s hatred, I don’t think it’s politics,” he added.
Watch the full segment here, including Matthews’ analysis of his new book, below.