Chris Matthews was on Hard Ball (singular) Wednesday to drunk-splain why President Trump directed that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and set in motion the process of moving the US embassy to that city.

Via Daily Caller:

“And a couple more points about this. Don’t think this isn’t related to Alabama next week. It is related. It is the Christian evangelicals down there with their crazy ideas about Israel, which is, I don’t know, mythical,” Matthews stated.

“They don’t understand the situation over there and how tricky it is ethnically, how tricky it is tribally. They don’t care because it’s a religious belief. Trump’s playing to that this week. You watch him,” he continued.

In fairness to Matthews, he seems to be describing something that is widely believed on the secular left.

I’m not an evangelical, but I’m theologically literate enough to recognize that what is being described here is a variety of dispensationalism and the two are not the same thing. I think you have to be a special kind of stupid to believe that Trump is timing this announcement to fire up tens of thousands of Darbyite dispensationalists to turn out to vote for Roy Moore. But this is a strange year so who the hell knows.