Chris Matthews, who has been an unabashed supporter of Hillary Clinton even in the wake of her email server scandal, expressed some disappointment Thursday with her “political decision” to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which she has previously called the “gold standard” for trade agreements.
Matthews appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports and told host Andrea Mitchell that supporting the TPP meant that Clinton would have faced opposition from labor unions like the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFGE, NEA and AFT. He said that the flip-flop “is really a political decision by Hillary” to appease the unions.
Mitchell pointed out that Clinton endorsed the TPP In her book Hard Choices, and wondered how she squares that with her decision to now oppose the TPP.
Matthews then dished out some unsolicited advice for his favored candidate:
I’m not her political adviser by any means, but I think people respect authenticity—and you don’t get authenticity by going on SNL and reading scripts. You get authenticity from standing your ground. If you believe trade is good for America in the long run, despite all the problems on the road there, you think it’s better to have a free trade regime. Stick to your guns.
Bill Clinton did it and got elected. He was tough on capital punishment. You don’t always have to be with the liberal line to get the liberal voters, which she apparently believes you have to do to beat Bernie Sanders. I think that’s a mistake.
After a brief discussion about how Clinton’s flip-flop will play out long term should she win the nomination, Matthews said of Clinton, “I wish she would debate Bernie instead of agree with him. That would be refreshing.”
What would be even more refreshing is if Hillary would tell the truth about her private email server, but we all know that’s never going to happen.