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Chris Matthews: Tea Party Miners Would’ve Killed Each Other

According to the ratings trend in cable news coverage of the Chilean miner rescue, you probably didn’t catch Chris Matthews on Hardball last night. Which is a shame, because Matthews did his best to reward those who did tune in, telling MSNBC viewers that if the miners had been under Tea Party influence, “They wouldn’t have gotten out. They would’ve been killing each other.”

What prompted such a grim assessment from the host? As he told AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Matthews dislikes the Tea Party tenets, saying:

[The Tea Party believe in every man for himself. … No more taxes, no more government, no more everything. No more safety net. … Make your buck. Save it. Screw the government.

And from this, Matthews arrived at murder:

You know these people, if they were every man for himself down in that mine, they wouldn’t have gotten out. They would’ve been killing each other.

But Matthews ended his grisly turn and finished his analysis on a more optimistic note, confirming that “This is a story of how people can work together.”

Watch for yourself in the clip below.

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