Does Chris Matthews even listen to himself? Apparently not. On his low rated Hardball show today, he claimed Glenn Beck’s NRA keynote speech and the convention this past weekend was ‘Hitlerian, generally speaking, demagoguery. It’s always about righteous indignation.’
Of course Tingles Chrissy knows a lot of demagoguery. The stupidity continued when he claimed Michael Bloomberg was a ‘centrist’ and a moderate. Then Chris Matthews complained about the Bloomberg/Nazi comparassion, just seconds after he labeled the NRA convention and Glenn Beck’s speech as ‘Hitlerian.’
But this idea of making moderate politicians like mike Bloomberg, who’s really a centrist, into some sort of…what? A Nazi?
|Chris Matthews compares NRA to Nazis, then whines about Nazi comparisons|
CHRIS MATTHEWS: The NRA wants you armed. They want you carrying a gun, preferably in way that everyone can see. You know, like in the cowboy movies. But better than cowboys, they don’t want you walking into some saloon trusting some damn side arm. They want you armed for God’s sake. No man should be without a semiautomatic handgun or rifle. Without an assault weapon in your hands, you’re not really an American. Any true American is ready at all times to fight this country’s elected government if it gets out of line.
And this is the NRA’s America. Guns for everybody. Gun shows for anyone who wants to buy one. And ladies and gentlemen, that means anyone. Felons, criminally insane, wife beaters. By God, you stick by the NRA and you’ll never have a problem getting your hands on any deadly firearm. Any one you’d like. And this NRA creed, by the way, it’s all what I’m saying now, is the de facto platform of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln. Guns killed Lincoln. Killed James Garfield. Killed McKinley. Killed– Almost killed Ronald Reagan. All that’s forgiven now by the NRA-infested Republican Party. Today the leaders of the Republican Party marched in lock step behind the banner of Wayne LaPierre and no Democrat need apply.
MATTHEWS: This whole idea of righteous indignation, first of all, it’s Hitlerian, generally speaking, demagoguery. It’s always about righteous indignation. All great demagogic speakers talk about how they’re coming to get us. That’s how you get people excited.
[Matthews plays a picture of Glenn Beck at NRA convention. Beck has a picture of what looks to be a satire of a Lenin picture. Matthews thinks it’s a Nazi salute.]
MATTHEWS: You know, I can’t overplay how far right this country’s gotten. And anybody who’s watching, progressives or middle-of-the-roaders, if you don’t see what’s happening with these people, you don’t have to cartoon-ize them. You have got a Nazi salute there, the mayor of New York because wants to have a limit on 16 ounce sodas. Let’s put it in practical terms. He also wants– He did a pretty good job, I’ll have to say this, on cigarettes in New York. They didn’t bring that up because they know he was right on that one. But this idea of making moderate politicians like mike Bloomberg, who’s really a centrist, into some sort of left– what? A Nazi?