Chris Matthews ‘Not Sure’ Whether You Should Call Cruz and Rubio ‘Hispanic’

During a discussion of the Fox Business presidential debate, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball Chris Matthews seemed to struggle with whether or not Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio should be called ‘Hispanic.’

The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel said that during the debate, Cruz was “starting to [go after] Marco Rubio. Didn’t call him out by name but started to preview, you know, you don’t want someone’s who’s soft on immigration and sugar subsidies…”


Matthews thought that was amusing. But when he tried to articulate why, he seemed to seriously not know whether Cruz and Rubio should be classified as Hispanic, referring to them awkwardly instead as “Cuban nationals” and “Spanish surnames.”

“So you’re trying to insinuate that Marco Rubio, a fellow, uh, Spanish surname, I’m not sure the right word is Hispanic for them,” he said. “Because they are Cuban nationals or whatever, or come from Cuba. But, uh, is he going to insinuate that he is still basically for what he calls amnesty?”

[h/t Newsbusters]

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