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Chris Matthews: Obama’s Critics Are Driven By Racism

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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MSNBC's Chris Matthews lashed out at those battling Obamacare and calling for the president's impeachment, describing them as racist.

Matthews was on location at the 50th anniversary event for the March on Washington. Matthews said people used to be more upfront about prejudice, not they hide behind other issues like the birther movement.

"At least they were honest back then," Matthews said. "Today in American politics you have people like Donald Trump who hangs around with Mitt Romney, talking about the president being an illegal immigrant, basically being a con artist on a street corner. You've got people talking about nullification of the law of the land. You got people talking impeachment like [Tom] Coburn. You've got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he's black. But look at the pattern. The pattern is rejection of his legitimacy at the first point, saying he's not really here legally. It's rejection of the law he passed, the landmark bill passed in 2010. It's an attempt to impeach him on no grounds."

He suggests that the American Daughter of the Revolution is a racist organization, but at least they "knew what they were saying and they said it out loud."

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"These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the president of being a crook basically for even being president 'cause he's here illegally," he continued. "They talk about impeaching him on grounds they can't even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they're not ... name another president in our history ... that had to show his papers."

No stranger to controversy, Matthews made a comparison on “Morning Joe” Tuesday sparking outrage and some confusion from the Jewish community after he implied that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worse than Adolf Hitler for using chemical weapons.

“Don't use chemical weapons,” Matthews said. “We didn't use them in World War II, Hitler didn't use them, we don't use chemical weapons, that's no deal.”

Uriel Heilman, managing editor of the global Jewish news service JTA responded to Matthews’ claim.

“For the record, the U.S. used nuclear weapons in World War II, which arguably are worse than chemical weapons. And, of course, Hitler used chemical weapons — gassing defenseless Jews in the concentration camps,” Heilman wrote.

The Twitterverse also lit up with dissent.

“Did Chris Matthews really say Hitler did not use chemical weapons? Has he not heard of Zyklon B or the gas chambers?” tweeted @Over_head.

“Hitler didn't use chemical weapons?! What was coming out of those shower heads in the concentration camps, Chris Matthews? Febreeze?!” said @manishka78.

Sources: TheBlaze, Real Clear Politics, Talking Points Memo