Watch: Chris Matthews Is Not Happy The Republicans Are Attacking Hillary Clinton

On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews led a panel bemoaning the 2016 presidential candidates, announced and otherwise, for focusing their energies on Hillary Clinton.

This is how Matthews, who was joined by Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, began his segment:

We begin with the legion of Republican presidential candidates, 19 at the latest count, that holds one abiding, unifying belief.

It’s that the best way to run for November 2016 is to bash Hillary Clinton in April 2015. It’s their number one pastime. They’re like a chorus of angels, even if angels are a heck of a lot nicer.

The panel also discussed a new book due out next month by former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Fineman and Matthews had the following advice for Clinton on how to handle the book:

Fineman: She has to lay down the predicate that she just did which is this is the political season, that this is the kind of stuff you can expect, that this came out the day before she arrived in New Hampshire.

Matthews: This thing being this book.

Fineman: The book about selling access to the State Department. I think she should say, flat out in addition to what she said, that it’s baloney. And I would have liked to, if I were advising her, I would have told her to do that.

Matthews: Skip ahead to that step.

As The New York Times notes, “The book…asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The duo had another exchange attempting to dissect the GOP’s 2016 strategy.

Fineman: What do they have to do? They only thing they have to do is destroy Hillary’s character if they can.

Matthews: Early.

Fineman: Early. Do it early and do it often. That is their strategy

Matthews: That’s their strategy. Get her while she’s starting.

h/t: Newsbusters

Do you think MSNBC is just pro-Democrat propaganda? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Uses Anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination To Call GOP Racist

Today marked yet another tax day come and gone. But, it also marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Over at MSNBC, Hardball host Chris Matthews chose to use the anniversary as a way to slam the GOP for being a bunch of racists by supporting voter ID laws in 36 states. (Newsbusters points out that Rhode Island’s law was passed by a liberal legislature and governor, but it wasn’t worth mentioning by Matthews because it didn’t fit the narrative.)

“[Lincoln] was killed because he fought and won a war that saved the Union,” Matthews said on Hardball. “He was killed fighting still for the right of freed American slaves to vote. And now the Republican Party he helped start is out there in a systemic effort to keep the children of those freed slaves from voting.”

These ID laws require people to have either: a driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, or a military ID card. Proponents of these laws insist that they are in place to prevent voter fraud – such as voting multiple times – while critics maintain that the laws exist to suppress the minority vote.

If you do not have an ID to vote, that means you also cannot: open a bank account, apply for a job, file for unemployment (or welfare or Medicaid or food stamps or Social Security), buy a home, drive a car, get married, pick up a prescription, or even pick up a pack of smokes.

h/t: Newsbusters

What do you think? Are voter ID laws racist? Or are they a necessary precaution?

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Chris Matthews Clueless On Why Hillary’s Private Email Account Is Suspicious

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The New York Times piece by Michael S. Schmidt on Hillary Rodham Clinton using a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state has many of her supporters scrambling to justify her actions. Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department is a serious breach of federal law since these communications are considered government records.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews thinks that Mrs. Clinton not using a secure government email account is not worthy of scrutiny. He compared the use of personal email for official government correspondence with the petty violation of stealing office supplies for use at home.

I don’t know with this formal custom how often it’s honored, how often it’s not. It’s almost like don’t take your pens home and use them at home. I wonder if it’s one of those roles.

Matthews asked former campaign strategist David Axelrod if this should be a NYT front page story.

David Axelrod, you’ve got experience with this. What did you – you think this is something worth the top of the fold of the New York Times? Hillary Clinton didn’t use her email instead of her government email? Is this worthy of this kind of hootin’ and hollerin’?

Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News D.C. Bureau Chief, explained to the Hardball host that all government letters and emails belong to American citizens.

I think what’s interesting about this story, it used to be the criticism that the Clintons wanted to re-write history. Now it seems that Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to have history recorded at all with these emails. I mean, it’s disturbing on the level, you know, as Ron pointed out today, these are our emails. This is our information and I think it goes to a larger question.

Matthews interrupted with a weak analogy that Mrs. Clinton should be able to send her husband an email to meet at a restaurant for dinner through a private email account. Mr. Allen responded that a private email is permissible for personal communications, but all government business needs to be conducted on a government email server.

You can have a private email for your private conversations. But you shouldn’t be conducting government business from your private email account. And honestly, if you look at the way this is set up, it was set up with a forethought to evade the spirit of the open records laws. I mean, it’s the pattern almost of paranoia.

Matthews interrupted Allen in an attempt to defend the former secretary of state.

What was the law at the time she did this? What was the law at the time she did this? I thought the law didn’t come into effect after…

h/t: Newsbusters

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Chris Matthews: Democrat Candidates Avoiding Obama Like He “Has Ebola”

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With political backing dwindling for Obama nationwide and his policies (foreign or domestic) not garnering any support, Democratic candidates are distancing themselves from Obama for this year’s midterm election.

“It’s like Obama has Ebola,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said after seeing video of Michelle Nunn (D-GA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) avoiding questions directed at them about voting for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

“I wasn’t near him! I didn’t touch him,” Matthews mocked, portraying the candidates who could do nothing but walk past silently to avoid positioning themselves with Obama in order to get elected.

“They can tell they don’t want to be caught on camera, because it’ll turn into an ad,” said Perry Bacon.

 

H/T TPNN

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Did Chris Matthews Really Just Defend…The Tea Party? WATCH For Yourself…

Chris Matthews was on “Ronan Farrow Daily” discussing the defeat of Eric Cantor by economics professor David Brat in Virginia’s GOP primary.  Farrow asked Matthews if it is “rare to see that kind of brazen intellectualism in populist candidates like this.”  Matthews had a surprising answer that started off by saying that “you can’t assume that the liberals are smarter than the conservative professors.”  Matthews also said, “This looking down our noses at Tea Party people has got to stop. They have a message. They are as American as any liberal is.”  Could it be that Chris Matthews is actually beginning to see that this government is failing its citizens?

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