Matthews on Tea Party Claiming Will of ‘American People’: ‘Do They Still Count Blacks as 3/5ths?’

MSNBC host Chris Matthews tore into the tea party conservatives on Thursday for saying that their opposition to the president and liberal programs represents the will of “the American people.” He said this was simply factually incorrect. “Do they still count blacks as three-fifths?” Matthews asked.

“It’s not about values. It’s not about philosophy or partisanship, they are all good – they’re how we run our country,” Matthews said, summarizing President Barack Obama’s speech to the press on Thursday morning. “It’s tactics and respect.”

“And what the right – the small part of the Republican Party, maybe a third of it – was willing to do was show no respect for who’s president, for the voters who elected him,” Matthews continued.

“They have this weird ‘we’ they refer to,” he added. “We the American people.”

“Why does a group that always loses elections, or tends to do lately, why do they call themselves the American people?” Matthews asked. “Do they still count blacks as three-fifths? Three-fifths of a vote?”

“There’s this ‘we’ I’m very worried about,” he concluded. “Like we’re more American than the rest. We should get a higher weighting to who ‘we’ are? I think it’s dangerous.”

Matthews concluded by saying that “it goes with the birther stuff.”

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