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Matthews Goes Birther On Ted Cruz: Will GOP ‘Attack Him As Some Sort Of Interloper?’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews identified what he characterized as a strain of hypocrisy within the Republican Party relating to “birtherism.” Matthews claimed the GOP regularly and erroneously charged President Barack Obama was ineligible to be President of the Untied States because he was born outside the country. Matthews wondered whether Republicans will prove themselves to be inconsistent if they do not level the same charge against Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Do you think that Ted Cruz, who was born – and nobody denies this, not an accusation which is absurd, Obama was born in Kenya or somewhere, Indonesia – he was born actually in Canada to an American mother,” Matthews said to The Grio editor Joy-Ann Reid. “And Obama was born — and everybody knew it, nobody’s ever challenged this — to an American mother.”

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“Will they then adopt the same approach they took to someone born overseas – they claimed, in the case of Obama – to someone who was actually born overseas, born in another country, that is Ted Cruz,” Matthews continued. “Will they attack him as some sort of interloper who’s not eligible to run for president?”

Reid replied that it was possible because the right began to disqualify Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) from the presidency when he “stepped out of line” on the issue of immigration reform.

“Purely situational ethics,” agreed Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim.

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An experienced broadcaster and columnist, Noah Rothman has been providing political opinion and analysis to a variety of media outlets since 2010. His work has appeared in a number of political opinion journals, and he has shared his insights with television and radio personalities across the country.