By DYLAN BYERS |
8/27/12 8:46 PM EDT
TAMPA — In an emotional interview with POLITICO tonight, MSNBC host Chris Matthews defended his spirited attack against RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in which he alleged that the Republican party was guilty of playing the race card against President Barack Obama.
“It is obvious that this is something I care passionately about: race was abused by white politicians in my lifetime, including Reagan. For someone to come on the program and deny that this is part of their process, I couldn’t take that,” Matthews said. “This is something I really, deeply believe in. We grew up in a country where appeals to race have been awful, terrible. This language — we are beyond this. It had to be called out.”
On today’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Matthews told Priebus that Republican attacks on President Obama’s welfare stance, as well as Mitt Romney‘s remark about his birth certificate, were evidence that the Republican party was playing “that little ethnic card… the race card,” and called it an embarrassment to the party.
Matthews criticism, leveled with a remarkable emotional intensity, visibly rankled the show’s co-hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer called it “outlandish.” Priebus called it “garbage,” and later charged Matthews with trying to be “the biggest jerk in the room.” In an interview with Matthews Monday evening, Newt Gingrichcharged Matthews with racism. FULL ARTICLE
IN GOP PRIMARY NEWT GINGRICH WON SOUTH CAROLINA BY FANNING THE FLAMES OF THE STATES HERITAGE OF RACISM AND RACIAL HATRED. NOTE: SOUTH CAROLINA STARTED THE CIVIL WAR OVER STATE’S “RIGHT TO KEEP FORCED AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS AS SLAVES.
I SEARCED FOR REINCE PRIEBUS AS A FROG.
HOWEVER, GOOGLE SEES HIM AS THIS WORM:
- Chris Matthews to GOP chairman: Romney playing race card with birther joke, welfare attack (dailykos.com)
- Chris Matthews Accuses Reince Priebus, GOP Of Playing Race Card: ‘It’s Your Garbage’ (mediaite.com)
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- Chris Matthews’ Smackdown of Reince Priebus Should Be Taught in Journalism School (ostroyreport.com)
- MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Accuses RNC Chairman Reince Priebus of Playing “The Race Card” (themoderatevoice.com)
- Chris Matthews Rips RNC Chairman (drudge.com)
- Chris Matthews Explodes at RNC Chair Reince Priebus for Playing Race, Birther Cards: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Chris Matthews Confronts RNC Chairman: ‘Obama Being A Foreigner Is The Thing Your Party Has Been Pushing’ (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Chris Matthews Goes Nuclear: GOP Is Playing the Race Card (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Matthews flames Priebus, suggests welfare work requirement equals playing the race card (redalertpolitics.com)