On the March 27 edition of his MSNBC program, Chris Matthews compared President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Saddam Hussein's infamous sons, Uday and Qusay (video below).
The brothers were famously killed in 2003 by U.S. forces during an invasion of Iraq.
Matthews made the comparison in a conversation with Annie Karni of Politico, observed Fox News. Matthews said: "Let me just say, I kid about everything, but Uday and Qusay working for Saddam Hussein. You couldn't go to a restaurant and have eye contact with one of those guys without getting killed. These people are really powerful. Imagine getting into a fight in the office with Jared or Ivanka. They have enormous power, they're always going to be there."
To which Karni replied: "This is what I worry about for other people in the White House. Ivanka Trump has been described as her father's eyes and ears on the ground. That's a little scary."
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In a 2015 appearance on another MSNBC program, Matthews compared the president himself to Uday and Qusay, as reported by The Daily Caller at the time. During the same broadcast, Matthews also compared the president to Frank Sinatra.
The comparison to Uday and Qusay was later taken up by comedian Bill Maher, as Breitbart reported. During a September 2016 episode of his weekly HBO show, Bill Maher jokingly compared Donald Trump's sons to Saddam's by using a quote from Donald's own book, "Think Big," which was originally published in 2007. "Donald Trump also once said, 'Sometimes people will come into my office and they will be great. They will look great, they’ll sound great, they dress beautifully. Everything is great. Then after you hire them they turn out to be morons,' which explains his sons Uday and Qusay."
Maher continued: "I mean Trump, Sr. at the White House is bad enough without these two American psychos putting plastic over the furniture so that they can axe murder prostitutes while discussing Phil Collins," referencing the thriller movie "American Psycho," released in 2000 and starring Christian Bale.
In an obituary published after Uday and Qusay were killed, Al Jazeera described Uday as "a sadist with a taste for cruelty so extreme that even his father was forced to acknowledge he would not be a worthy heir." As a result, he was "shunted from the real centers of power by his quieter, younger brother Qusay."