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Today, as the country mourns and lays to rest former President George H.W. Bush, Morning Joe pivoted from its pre-coverage of the funeral and used the occasion as an excuse to attack President Trump. As tributes and condolences to the Bush family poured in, MSNBC host Chris Matthews took this morning’s funeral pre-coverage in a direction that lashed out against Trump, implying that the tributes were somehow meant as a rebuke to Trump.

Neither Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski nor anyone else at the table challenged Matthews’ controversial assertion. Matthews also didn’t acknowledge that Trump has been dealing with unprecedented levels of media bias.

“What’s really going on right now is a national reaction to Trump,” Matthews said as he stood outside the iconic National Cathedral, where former President George H.W. Bush will be eulogized today. “No matter what we say or don’t say, it’s a reaction to what we have. And we miss the better, we miss that part of decency and honor that’s missing right now in our dialogue, in the way we talk about each other, in the media. And I think we want to go back to some of that. I know we do. we want some of that grandeur back again.”

“Yeah,” Brzezinski said, agreeing with Matthews and implying that Trump brags — in contrast to former President George H.W. Bush.

“And and George H.W. Bush, Chris, just really quickly, in our final seconds, a lot of people talk about how these men never bragged about their service and their sacrifice. It’s also coupled, though, with empathy, that comes with losing a brother in war, that comes with their loss of their daughter that they carried with them as a couple, George H.W. and Barbara. That empathy, you can see in every relationship he has, politically and personally.”

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