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Breaking: Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews announces he’s retiring, apologizes for inappropriate comments

Longtime liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews opened his show on Monday with the announcement that he was retiring from “Hardball.”

“Let me start with my headline tonight,” Matthews said. “I’m retiring.”

The iconic political pundit had been plagued by criticism and scandal after he decried the primary victories of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and scolded Democrats for preferring the socialist over safer centrist candidates.

“This is the last Hardball on MSNBC, and obviously, this isn’t for lack of interest in politics,” Matthews continued.

“As you can tell I’ve loved every minute of my twenty years as host of Hardball,” he said. “Every morning I read the papers, and I’m gung ho to get to work. Not many people have had this privilege.”

Matthews was also recently hit with accusations that he made sexist and suggestive comments to female guests during his show. He mentioned those accusations and apologized in his comments about retiring.

“After my conversation with NBC, I decided tonight will be my last Hardball. So I’ll tell you why. The younger generation’s out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, in the media, and fighting for their causes,” Matthews explained.

“They’re improving the workplace. We’re talking here about better standards than we grew up with. Fairer standards,” he said.

“A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other, compliments on a woman’s appearance, that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK, were never OK. Not then, and certainly not today,” Matthews added.

“And for making such comments in the past,” he said, “I’m sorry.”

Matthews said he was working on another political book and would keep commenting on politics, before he signed off.

“So let’s not say goodbye, but, till we meet again,” he concluded.

Here are Matthews last comments:

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews missing from SC primary coverage after sexism allegations, recent on-air controversies

MSNBC host Chris Matthews was not involved with his network’s South Carolina Democratic primary coverage over the weekend, indicating that he may have been sidelined after a recent allegation of sexism from a former guest in addition to other on-air controversies.

Laura Bassett, a journalist who has been an MSNBC guest in the past, wrote an op-ed for GQ that was published Friday accusing Matthews, 74, of using sexist and inappropriate language toward her while she was in studio. Fox News reported:

She recalled Matthews looking at her in an adjacent makeup chair before an appearance in 2016 and asking: ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?'” Bassett said she laughed nervously but Matthews kept making comments to the makeup artist. “Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her,” Matthews allegedly said.

She said he made another comment about her makeup during a separate appearance. “Make sure you wipe this off her face after the show,” she wrote he said to the makeup artist. “We don’t make her up so some guy at a bar can look at her like this.”

Bassett wrote an op-ed about these allegations in 2017, but didn’t name Matthews. It’s also not the first time Matthews has faced misconduct allegations in the workplace. MSNBC reportedly paid $40,000 in 2017 to a producer who claimed Matthews sexually harassed her.

The sexual harassment issue follows an apology Matthews had to issue last week after comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Nevada caucuses victory to the Nazi invasion of France.

Matthews also mistook Jaime Harrison, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, for Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott during an interview with Harrison. Both men are black.

Matthews played a clip showing Scott standing next to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who Harrison is running to unseat. Matthews asked Harrison on air, “Jaime, I see you standing next to the guy you’re going to beat right there, maybe? Maybe? Maybe, maybe? Lindsey Graham?”

Matthews realized his mistake shortly after, saying, “What am I saying? Big mistake. Mistaken identity, sir. Sorry.”

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‘Big mistake’: Chris Matthews incorrectly ID’s GOP Sen. Tim Scott as Dem running against Sen. Lindsey Graham

MSNBC host Chris Matthews made what he called a “big mistake” on air Friday evening while interviewing Democratic Senate candidate Jamie Harrison, when he played footage of GOP Sen. Tim Scott at a Trump rally and mistook the Senator for Harrison.

To make matters even more cringeworthy, Scott was seen in the footage standing next to fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham — the man Harrison is hoping to unseat.

What are the details?

In the MSNBC video shared by a Politico reporter on Twitter, Scott and Graham can be seen smiling in attendance at President Donald Trump’s rally in South Carolina that night while Matthews tells his guest, “Jamie, I see you standing next to the guy you’re going to beat right there, maybe. Maybe, maybe. Lindsey Graham.”

At that point, Fox News reported, “Democratic strategist Adrienne Elrod and network correspondent Trymaine Lee both chimed in to alert Matthews that he’d made a mistake, but it took several seconds for him to realize the mixup.”

“Who’s that?” Matthews asked, before Lee repeated again, “That’s Tim Scott.”

“Oh! The other senator, Tim Scott, what am I saying? Big mistake,” the “Hardball” host said before telling Harrison, “Mistaken identity, sir, sorry. Tell me how you’re going to beat Lindsey. Everybody knows Lindsey.”

Harrison took the flub in stride, smiling and laughing before answering, “Everybody knows Lindsey, but everybody doesn’t like Lindsey Graham. And that’s how I’m going to beat him, Chris.”

The challenger added, “This is a guy that you can’t trust. This is a guy that doesn’t have a moral compass. And all he’s focused on is Washington, D.C. games. And at the end of the day, the folks in South Carolina are going to give Lindsey Graham a one-way ticket, maybe not back here to South Carolina, but possibly to Mar-a-Lago. We’re fed up.”

According to Harrison’s campaign website, he is the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He is running to beat Sen. Graham in this fall’s election.

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Chris Matthews apologizes to Bernie Sanders for Nazi comparison

MSNBC host Chris Matthews apologized to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after a public furor over his comparison a victory for his campaign to that of Nazi Germany.

“As I watched the one-sided results of Saturday’s Democratic caucus in Nevada, I reached for an historical analogy — and used a bad one,” said Matthews at the beginning of his show on Monday.

Sanders stunned pundits when he seized the top prize in the Nevada caucuses and left his competitors in the dust. Matthews exuberantly compared it to the fall of France before the Nazis in the summer of 1940.

“Senator Sanders, I’m sorry for comparing anything from that tragic era, in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an electoral result in which you were the well deserved winner,” Matthews continued in his statement Monday.

“This is gonna be a hard fought heated campaign of ideas. In the days, and weeks, and months ahead, I will strive to do a better job myself of elevating the political discussion,” he concluded.

Matthews had been a vehement critic of Sanders in favor of the more establishment, centrist Democrats of the primary contest. In one angry rant, Matthews claimed that he would have been shot by communists had they won the Cold War.

The iconic liberal host faced an online mob of supporters of Sanders who demanded that he resign from his post or have MSNBC fire him. On Monday another contributor on the network excoriated Matthews for his comments.

Here’s the video of his apology:

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MSNBC analyst turns on Chris Matthews over Nazi remarks: ‘Gulag thinking’

MSNBC analyst Anand Giridharadas blasted network colleague Chris Matthews on Sunday as an “out of touch” aristocrat in a “dying aristocracy.”

Matthews came under fire Saturday for comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Nevada caucus win to Nazi Germany’s victory over France during World War II.

What are the details?

In a fiery statement, Giridharadas also took aim at other liberals and members of the liberal media who are worried that Sanders might win the Democratic nomination.

“This is a moment for curiosity in America,” Giridharadas said of Sanders’ burgeoning popularity within the Democratic Party. “I think about this network, which I love, you love, and I think we have to look within [MSNBC] also, why is a lobbyist for Uber and Mark Zuckerberg on the air many nights explaining a political revolution to us?

“Why is Chris Matthews on this air talking about the victory of Bernie Sanders, who had kin murdered in the Holocaust, analogizing it to the Nazi conquest of France?” Giridharadas continued. “The people who are stuck in an old way of thinking, in 20th-century frameworks, in gulag thinking, are missing what is going on.”

Giridharadas concluded by insisting that people should open their minds to what could possibly be a turning point for the U.S.

“It is time for all of us to step up, rethink, and understand the dawn of what may be, frankly, a new era in American life,” he concluded.

What else?

During MSNBC’s Saturday caucus coverage, Matthews said, “I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940. And the general calls up [British Prime Minister Winston] Churchill and says, ‘It’s over,’ and Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.'”

Matthews faced severe scrutiny on social media following his remarks, with many critics calling for his resignation.

#FireChrisMatthews also began trending on social media.

You can read more about the fallout from Matthews’ remarks here.

(H/T: Fox News)

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Leftists explode at Chris Matthews, demand his firing over Bernie comparison to victorious Nazis

MSNBC host Chris Matthews faced an onslaught of backlash, including calls for his firing, late Saturday for comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Nevada victory to the Nazi victory over France.

“I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,” Matthews said. “And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.'”

In response, critics called for Matthews’ ousting from MSNBC, and the hashtag “#FireChrisMatthews” trended on Twitter.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that Matthews is making comparisons between Bernie Sanders, whose family was murdered by Nazis, to Nazis. @HardballChris needs to retire. Immediately,” Media Matters editor Parker Malloy said.

“Retire, get fired, whatever. Bottom line is that Matthews needs to be out of a job,” she added.

Alex Kotch of the left-wing Center for Media and Democracy said, “For once, I’m not being sarcastic here. I’m dead serious. I’m really, really insulted by a major pundit on an allegedly liberal news network comparing a Jewish candidate’s overwhelming caucus victory to the French losing a battle with the Nazis. Get this lunatic off the air.”

“#FireChrisMathews for the disgusting and anti-Semitic attacks on Bernie Sanders. Comparing a Jewish man who literally lost family to the Holocaust for wanting to give everyone healthcare is BEYOND acceptable,” another critic said.

“Chris Mathews needs to be removed from national television immediately. His remarks are absolutely unacceptable,” another person said.

However, not everyone was calling for blood. Rather, many other critics simply denounced Matthews for his comparison because Sanders’ Jewish family lost family members in the Holocaust, and because invoking Nazi comparisons is generally frowned upon.

Matthews has been outspoken about his opposition to Sanders.

On Saturday, Matthews said that President Donald Trump’s re-election would be better for the Democratic Party than Sanders “taking over” the party, and last week said that Sanders would lose in a landslide election to Trump if he secures the Democratic nomination.

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Chris Matthews: Dems may be better off with Trump re-elected than Sanders ‘taking over’ the party

The thought of Vermont democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders taking over the Democratic Party is terrifying many party leaders and influencers to the point that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews thinks some secretly want President Donald Trump to win re-election so they can rid themselves of the so-called “Bernie Bro” wing of the party.

Matthews raised the possibility that moderate Democrats may be better off with Trump winning re-election during a live discussion in Las Vegas before the Nevada caucus.

“I’m wondering whether the Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be president,” Matthews told panelists who were visibly surprised by the suggestion.

Matthews added that while moderate Democrats may dislike Trump, it may preferable for him to win re-election rather than Sanders and his supporters seizing control of the DNC.

“They don’t like Trump at all, but do they want Bernie Sanders to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? He sets the direction of the future of the party. Maybe they rather wait four years and put in a Democrat they like,” Matthews said.

Moderates need to stop ‘pandering’ to Sanders

As TheBlaze’s Chris Enloe has reported, Matthews has been highly critical of Sanders and Democratic Party leaders who have enabled his rise. During an interview following Tuesday’s Democratic debate, the “Hardball” host blasted the Democratic primary field for “pandering” to the democratic socialist and his supporters.

“They’re just pandering to the Bernie people and you know what pandering gets you? Nothing,” he said. “It certainly doesn’t get you respect.

According to Matthews, moderate Democrats must take a harder stance against Sanders and his ideology.

“They’ve got to get out there and say, ‘I disagree with socialism. I believe in the markets. I think he’s wrong. I think he’ll never get it done and this country will never go that direction and by the way we’ll lose 49 states,'” he said.

Bernie Sanders is ‘walking away with it…there has to be some alternative’

The MSNBC host also noted that despite Democratic Party leaders being uneasy with Sanders’ candidacy, the Vermont senator is in the driver’s seat to win the nomination.

“This is going to be very frustrating for pundits very frustrating for media consultants and everyone who’s trying to figure this out logically, Bernie Sanders is walking away with it. There has to be some alternative, or…he’s gonna walk away with it… all the way to Milwaukee,” he said.

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Chris Matthews warns of devastating consequences if Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the surging front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, fueled by grassroots support from younger Americans who favor his socialist policies.

But, according to MSNBC host Chris Matthews, there will be devastating consequences for the Democratic Party if Sanders goes on to win the party’s nomination.

During an interview on MSNBC Tuesday, Matthews scolded the Democratic field for “pandering” to Sanders and his supporters.

“They’re just pandering to the Bernie people and you know what pandering gets you? Nothing,” Matthews said. “It certainly doesn’t get you respect.

“They’ve got to get out there and say, ‘I disagree with socialism. I believe in the markets. I think he’s wrong. I think he’ll never get it done and this country will never go that direction and by the way we’ll lose 49 states,'” he continued.

Instead of pandering, Matthews said the other Democratic candidates must challenge the Vermont senator.

“Nobody just says the obvious: ‘Bernie, you’re full of it. None of this going to get passed. You’re going to be a miserable president, frustrated from the first day because you’re not going to get Medicare for All. You’re not going to get free college tuition for public universities. You’re not going to get payoffs of all student loans. None of this is going to happen and you’re just going to just sit there and stew in it.’ So why don’t they bring that up? I do not understand why they don’t bring that up,” Matthews said.

Losing 49 states is a reference to the 1972 presidential election in which Democrats nominated George McGovern, despite opposition from the party’s moderates, and subsequently lost 49 states to incumbent President Richard Nixon. Only Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., voted for McGovern.

Matthews has made his disdain for socialism very clear.

After the Democratic debate earlier this month, Matthews declared, “I’ve seen what socialism’s like, and I don’t like it. OK? It’s not only not free, it doesn’t frickin’ work.”