On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, propagandist Chris Matthews suggested that President Trump channel Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and have Jared Kushner murdered, Newsbusters reported.
“As he’s previously done (documented here, here, and here), Matthews reiterated his belief that Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump are akin to the murderous sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay,” Curtis Houck said.
After comparing Trump to Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, Matthews told The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker that he’s “allowed to have opinions,” adding that “one of my opinions was that nepotism is a bad thing in government.” (Apparently that opinion didn’t apply to former President John F. Kennedy, who appointed his brother Robert to serve as Attorney General…)
“You put Uday and Qusay in your government and you’re going to have a problem with everybody else in the government because nobody can fight with them. Nobody can challenge them and, in the end, the son-in-law is always right because he can always to go his father-in-law or his wife and say they were mean to me,” he said.
Instead of Tillerson overseeing foreign policy, Matthews observed how “[t]he power seems to have gone to the son-in-law” and thus the Trump’s are “the Romanovs.” He then nudged Parker to agree (which she didn’t): “Is it a royal family instead of a Democratic or a Republican form of government? Or is it a family running the government? Is it Ivanka and Jared and the President sitting around in the White House upstairs ruling the world?”
Once Parker finished her thoughts on how the Trump’s perceive what they’re doing as simply running government like a business, Matthews told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that it might behoove Trump to take a page out of Mussolini’s playbook, which was murder your son-in-law.
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“So the son-in-law — you know, one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law. I mean, I’m talking about Ciano,” Matthews said.
Bruni, Houck noted, awkwardly tried to pull Matthews back from the edge of the cliff, laughingly telling him he should “be careful here.”
“That was an extreme measure. But this was — this is a strange situation,” Matthews concluded.
Here’s a relevant portion of the transcript as posted by Houck (More can be seen at Newsbusters):
MATTHEWS: Is it a royal family instead of a Democratic or a Republican form of government? Or is it a family running the government? Is it Ivanka and Jared and the President sitting around in the White House upstairs ruling the world?
PARKER: I don’t think it’s quite that but I think it is run like a family business. The president and his aides see it publicly and privately and the President’s family, his children, especially his daughter Ivanka and, you know, Jared Kushner, they operate with a degree of impunity that does not exist for these other aides. So, if you look at just Jared and Tillerson, Jared basically emerged as a shadow Secretary of State. You mentioned peace in the Middle East. His portfolio includes not only that, it includes China, it includes Mexico, it includes Canada and that’s just on the foreign policy front. So, if you’re the secretary of state, ambassadors and leaders of foreign nations know that they can directly go to the President’s son-in-law and have his ear that deeply undermines you and makes it really difficult for you to do your job.
MATTHEWS: And then you find out in all these investigations that Jared was opening up a tunnel to Moscow so he wouldn’t have to deal with the State Department. So the son-in-law — you know, one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law. I mean, I’m talking about Ciano
FRANK BRUNI: Let’s be careful here, yeah.
MATTHEWS: That was an extreme measure. But this was — this is a strange situation.
Here’s video of the segment:
Matthews is correct about one thing — he does have a right to his opinion, unhinged as it is. That’s the beauty of the First Amendment. We can also express an opinion.
And in the opinion of this writer, Matthews just proved my assertion that the so-called “mainstream media” is driving the effort to get Trump killed, and I don’t just mean politically. Bruni took the responsible route and backed off when presented with what is no doubt a left-wing wet dream.
It’s not the first time Matthews has fantasized about the death of political opponents. In 2014, for example, he said that Rush Limbaugh “has no good reason to exist.” A few years before that, in 2009, he said this of the popular talk show host:
“You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’d going to explode like a giant blimp. And that day may come. Not yet, but we’ll be there to watch.”
Matthews apologized for that comment, and he should apologize for this — especially given the current environment where a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter — one Matthews expressed a bit of sympathy for — tried to gun down multiple Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game. Or is advocating the murder of Trump’s son-in-law now considered “journalism” since some, like Kathy Griffin, think that beheading Trump is now “comedy?”
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