Chris Matthews: ‘It’s Hatred,’ Not Politics Motivating GOP Opposition to Obama

MSNBC host Chris Matthews appeared on Rachel Maddow’s program on Monday night where he accused conservatives of being motivated by animus toward President Barack Obama rather than political opposition. “I think it’s hatred,” he said. “I don’t think it’s politics.”

“I think you’re seeing in these people a tad – a very bad tad – of Joe McCarthy in this thing that Cruz is up to,” Matthews said. “Certainly a lot of Newt Gingrich.”

“A lot of revolutionary anger that’s unfocused, it’s free-floating, and a lot of it has to do with we have our first black president,” he added.

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Matthews cited the protester who showed up to the White House with a Confederate flag over the weekend. “They wouldn’t have shown that if a white guy was in there,” Matthews submitted.

“[There’s] something that riles them up against Obama that’s really something different than politics,” he concluded. “I think it’s hatred. I don’t think it’s politics.”

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