FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, is pictured at the NBC Universal summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
The words “unhinged” and “Chris Matthews” used together probably sounds redundant, but there really is no more fitting a description of the MSNBC host in light of a mini-rant he went on on MSNBC Monday night while discussing last week’s successful U.S. military strike against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.
During a segment with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Matthews questioned the Democratic presidential candidate on whether or not she believed Trump was “wagging the dog” as it relates to the Soleimani strike as well as by way of his Twitter threats to strike Iranian cultural landmarks. Prior to that, he made comparisons between Soleimani’s “assassination” and the start of the Vietnam war.
Here’s how it went down (transcript via the Daily Wire):
MATTHEWS:We took over the war in Vietnam. We lost all those men and women. And we all did it because we basically knocked off a leader. We had a hand in that. The generals did it, but we had a hand in it and here we are in the assassination business again. I’m sorry, this is a top general. He wasn’t operational. He was a leader. We killed this guy. A President of the United States, they used to hide from assassination responsibility. This president is bragging about it, his assassination.
MATTHEWS: I want to ask you about this whole thing about cultural. It’s like Trump trolls the Democrats. He trolls the Iranians. He goes, you know what, tick off the liberals, the moderates out there, the reasonable people. I’m going after cultural sites because this Persia. A real ancient culture, a real country, not something created by Churchill in a Cairo conference. This exists like China. Do you think he’s trolling? Do you think what he’s trying to do is get the liberals all mad, to get the Iranians upset, because he’s trying to play wag the dog here? What he really wants to do is create an explosion of media focus, and even a war — even a war, a bite-sized war he thinks — to distract from his impeachment threat? Is he up to this?
KLOBUCHAR: I hope not for our country’s sake that he would put thousands of men and women’s lives at risk because of that. But you look at the pattern here where he has continually done this, a tweet saying he’s invited the Taliban to camp David when there was no agreement on Afghanistan. The summit he hastily called with Kim Jong-Un when actually there was no result, and they’re still launching missiles. You look at all of his patterns. So often he does things to distract. I just hope it’s not true. But regardless of what the truth is, we must prevent an escalation of the conflict. And as commander in chief, I wouldn’t have gotten us there. I will bring us back into that Iranian agreement. But for right now we must work with our allies to de-escalate this. We must keep Americans safe that are over in Iraq, and we must work with our allies to try to stop him from bringing us to the brink of war.
MATTHEWS: I don’t think you’re an assassin. Anyway, thank you so much. This president is anyway. Thank you, Senator Amy klobuchar.
Watch a partial video of this segment below:
He went on an extended rant here, again equating the Iranian conflict to how the Vietnam war got started:
Assassination is a nasty word because it's a nasty business.https://t.co/PBx4GavICz
— Chris Matthews (@HardballChris) January 7, 2020
You know, when most people think of assassins, they think of John Hinckley, Jr., a lone individual with mental illness issues who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981. They don’t think of the leader of the free world, who authorized a strike against a terrorist ringleader responsible for the deaths over over 600 U.S. servicemen and women, and who was planning more death and destruction in the Middle East at the expense of more innocent lives.
That liberals like Matthews and others are accusing President Trump of “assassinating” a mere “leader in the region” (paraphrasing) just goes to show how badly Trump Derangement Syndrome warps their thought process.
An evil terrorist mastermind, responsible for much death and destruction and who had much blood on his hands – including American blood, was taken out in retaliation for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad just days before, and before he could commit more violent acts again. Instead of being proud of that, Democrats have chosen to make Trump out to be the bigger enemy in all of this because Orange Man Bad.
Matthews is right in one respect by saying in so many words that we are not living in normal times. But on the flip side of that, Matthews and other Democrats are not normal people reacting to the death of a murderous terrorist. TDS has consumed these Democrats. To call it “sad” would be a massive understatement.