Chris Matthews Compares Bernie Sanders Win In Nevada To A Nazi Invasion
A longtime host for MSNBC is being criticized by progressives for what many have said were outlandish statements he made following results from this weekend’s Nevada Caucus.
Sen. Bernie Sanders ended up winning the caucus, receiving 46 percent support, according to reporting from the New York Times. Second-place went to former Vice President Joe Biden, (19.6 percent) with Mayor Pete Buttigieg coming in third (15.3 percent) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren taking fourth place (10.1 percent).
The Nevada Caucus was the most diverse presidential candidate selection process to date for Democrats this year, demographically speaking.
But comments from Matthews, in which he made comparisons to Sanders’s surge in support to a Nazi invasion, riled viewers watching him at home.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 22, 2020
Matthews didn’t directly say that Sanders was like a Nazi. Nevertheless, his words caused many to do a double-take — particularly because Sanders has family members who died in the Holocaust.
“I was reading [Friday] night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940 and the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over,'” Matthews said.
Matthews explained he had “that suppressed feeling” when returns showed Sanders winning Nevada Caucus on Saturday night.
As his speechwriter David Sirota noted, Matthews’s rhetoric struck a chord in many people’s minds of being inappropriate. “Bernie is Jewish and his family was killed by the Nazis. None of this is OK,” Sirota said, per reporting from The Guardian.
Anand Giridharadas, editor at large for TIME magazine, also voiced his disdain with Matthews’s words — while appearing on MSNBC himself, no less.
This is a wake-up moment for the American power establishment.
Many in this elite are behaving like aristocrats in a dying regime — including in media.
It’s time for many to step up, rethink, and understand the dawn of what may be a new era in America.pic.twitter.com/tr2jpTD7YY
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) February 23, 2020
“Why is Chris Matthews on the air talking about the victory Bernie Sanders, who had kin murdered in the Holocaust, analogizing it to the Nazi conquest of France?” Giridharadas asked, while speaking with Joy Reid Sunday morning.