Monday night on MSNBC’s Hardball, during a segment on Mitt Romney, host Chris Matthews commented to former RNC Chairman and current MSNBC contributor Michael Steele that the Republicans were part of the “Grand Wizard crowd,” referring to the leader of the KKK.
Matthews: Okay, let’s go. Well it certainly was—you’re the Grand Wizard crowd over there. Anyway, look, let’s take a look at this—
Steele: I resent that. Come on now, what is this Grand Wizard nonsense? Are you saying—
Matthews: Okay, I’m just saying the far right party—
Steele: Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan? Come on, give me a break. Don’t go there with me on that. Alright?
Matthews: Okay, okay. Great. Great. Okay, good. Thank you. There’s none of those problems over there. All those birthers out there, anyway the latest NBC—
What did he say? Grand Wizard? Did he think that was going to get by Steele? Not only was that an outrageous and inappropriate comment to make about the GOP, but considering that Steele is black it was overtly racist as well. Steele was right to be offended by that remark, as should every American.
Someone in the control room, however, must have realized that Matthews stepped over the line, because a couple of minutes later he said that he didn’t mean to say Grand Wizard, but that he only wanted Romney to denounce birtherism and all the attempts to make Obama look like a foreigner.
That was his clarification? He should apologize to Steele for making that comment, and not just try to explain it away and think all is well and good. That was ridiculous.
If Sean Hannity had made a comment like that about the Democrats, he would be labeled a racist and we would never hear the end of it. But because Matthews is a liberal, the mainstream media have determined that he can’t be racist, no matter what he says, and he is protected by his colleagues.
And don’t forget, MSNBC employs an even bigger race-baiter in Al Sharpton.
The closer we get to election day, the more we are likely to see liberals like Matthews accuse conservatives of racism whenever they criticize Obama or his record as President, to protect him and help give him an unfair advantage in November.