A recent exchange on the MSNBC show Hardball has left quite a few people asking questions. When outrageous statements are made, they should be questioned — especially when a pundit calls for murder.
According to NewsBusters, Chris Matthews was doing his usual routine on MSNBC when things took a strange turn, even for a liberal news network. Matthews compared President Trump to communist Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, as well as a current day Romanov, and finally Benito Mussolini. “So the son-in-law — you know, one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law,” he alarmingly said.
This is not the first time Matthews has stepped over the line, either. In previous instances, Matthews compared Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to the sons of Saddam Hussein. It sounds like someone is a little out of touch with reality.
All jokes aside, it is disturbing that he would say something like this about the President’s family. We do not recall hearing anyone say anything bad about Obama’s daughters — so why are they going for Trump’s daughter and her husband? It doesn’t make any sense. On top of everything else, to incite the murder of someone because you don’t like their political ideologies is both immoral, and the definition of fascism.
Matthews was quoted as saying, “You put Uday and Qusay in your government and you’re going to have a problem with everybody else in the government because nobody can fight with them. Nobody can challenge them and, in the end, the son-in-law is always right because he can always go to his father-in-law or his wife and say they were mean to me.”
It is such a bold statement that you have almost to question whether or not he was serious. However, if you have ever listened to Chris Matthews you know that he is dead serious — and it is a shame. He went on to explain his belief that President Trump is sitting in the White House with Ivanka and Jared and they are ruling the country as a monarchy instead of a as elected representatives of our republic. It is absolutely absurd and insulting to everyone that works for our government.
Finally, once Matthews got to the topic of Trump and Mussolini, he brought up Jared. Obviously, this was his not-so-clever attempt to suggest that Trump should kill Jared. It is just mind-numbing that someone could be so insensitive to another human being’s life.
Our question is: how would Matthews feel if someone was talking about anyone he cared for that way? He would be hurt, upset, and angry. What gives Matthews the right to not only attack the people who want nothing more than to better our country, but to incite violence that would put our entire nation at risk of falling apart?
This is not how we are supposed to treat one another. This isn’t what it means to be Christian, and it’s also flat-out un-American. We hope that Matthews will retract these horrible statements — though it will not change the fact that he had these thoughts in the first place.