MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was all wound up on Monday’s Morning Joe program from Tampa when he tore into one of the guests, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, and accused Romney and the Republican Party of playing the race card.
Mattthews was upset at Mitt Romney’s joke on Friday in which he said, “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate,” while speaking at a campaign stop in Michigan. Matthews took out his anger on Priebus.
That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate’ was awful. It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card.
This stuff about getting rid of the work requirement for welfare is dishonest, everyone’s pointed out it’s dishonest, and you are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card. When you start talking about work requirements, we know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing, it’s a race card.
Not everyone on the show was in agreement with Matthews. Co-host Mika Brzezinski and guest Tom Brokaw, both liberals, said that it was just Romney demonstrating his awkward sense of humor and wasn’t meant as a racist remark.
Priebus defended Romney by saying that it was nothing more than a little bit of levity and that Romney has repeatedly said that he believes Obama was born in the U.S.
That exchange was mild, though, compared to what happened after Priebus mentioned that Obama was “looking for guidance” from Europe in formulating domestic policy.
That’s insane! It’s your foreign-ization of this guy — you’re doing it again. What is this European thing of yours?
Priebus responded that he wasn’t going to get into a shouting match with Matthews, and tried to move the conversation along, when Chris responded that it was because he (Priebus) was losing. Priebus called that “garbage” in a low tone, to which Matthews said, “It’s your garbage.”
Liberals are cheering Matthews on social media, but they, like the media are ignoring the fact that the race card isn’t being played by the GOP, but instead by liberals like Matthews who are trying to place discussion of any legitimate issue off limits, by tying it to non-existent Republican racism.