Howard Fineman Tells Chris Matthews President Obama Called Some Republicans ‘Ignorant’

On Monday night’s Hardball, Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman revealed to host Chris Matthews that President Obama had told him that he thought some “Republicans and conservatives who oppose him” were “ignorant.”

While it seems unkind, Matthews’ original question was whether the President thinks his opponents are “evil,” so the level of insult is somewhat relative.

“From having interviewed him a lot on this topic, and listened to him talk about the Republicans and conservatives who oppose him,” Fineman says, “he doesn’t think they’re evil, he thinks they’re, some of them are ignorant. That they don’t know enough, that they haven’t sufficiently been had the world explained to by somebody like him.”

Matthews then interjects, “That’s my church’s view on other religions.”

It sounds silly, but Matthews makes a good point. Most people who strongly believe something are probably equally convinced that those who disagree simply haven’t had things explained to them properly. He and guest Melinda Henneberger go on to call the President’s view condescending, but it’s worth noting that these are not direct quotes from Fineman, but rather, his own paraphrase.

Here’s the clip, from MSNBC:

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