‘Like Out-of-Touch Aristocrats’: MSNBC Analyst Calls Out Democrats, Chris Matthews After Bernie Nevada Win


Time editor-at-large and MSNBC political analyst Anand Giridharadas went on a tear this morning saying Bernie Sanders’ political ascendancy should be a wake-up call for the “American power establishment,” and even called out Chris Matthews for his comparison to the Nazis taking France.

Giridhardas, who recently wrote about “The Billionaire Election” in the New York Times, spoke with Joy Reid and said Sanders’ win in Nevada was historic because “we are starting to see that we may be paddling through a bend in the river of history here.”

He elaborated with blunt commentary that called out Matthews for his much-denounced take last night:

“Something is happening in America right now that actually does not fit our mental models. It certainly doesn’t fit the mental models of a lot of people on TV, it doesn’t fit the mental modesl of a lot of people in the parties, it doesn’t fit our cultural mental models. You have someone talking about, in a way we have not heard, genuine, deeper democracy, popular movements, human equality in a meaningful way, and a politics of love in the tradition of Dr. King. And winning elections, in America, the United States of America. And I just have to say — I’ve been encouraged watching you on air talk about your own rethinking of things, which I think we all have to be in this type of work, I think this is a wake-up moment for the American power establishment. For Michael Bloomberg to those of us in the media, to Democratic Party, to donors, to CEOs. Many in this establishment are behaving, in my view, as they face the prospect of a Bernie Sanders nomination, like out-of-touch aristocrats in a dying aristocracy. Just sort of ‘How do we stop this How do we block this?’ And there is no curiosity. Why is this happening? What is going on in the lives of my fellow citizens that they may be voting for something I find so hard to understand? What is happening? This is a moment for curiosity in America. I think about this network, which I love, you love, and I think we have to look within also — why is a lobbyist for Uber and Mark Zuckerberg on the air many nights explaining a political revolution to us? Why is Chris Matthews on this air talking about the victory of Bernie Sanders, who had kin murdered in the Holocaust, analogizing it to the Nazi conquest of France? The people who are stuck in an old way of thinking, in 20th century frameworks, in gulag thinking, are missing what is going on. It is time for all of us to step up, rethink, and understand the dawn of what may be, frankly, a new era in American life.”

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