MSNBC's Chris Matthews, the host of "Hardball," made waves Saturday when he compared Sen. Bernie Sander's (D-VT) victory in Nevada to the Nazis overrunning the Maginot Line in France in 1940.
Chris Matthews compares Bernie winning Nevada to France falling to the Nazis in 1940— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 22, 2020
Lefties – and those who are predominantly Bernie supporters – called on Matthews to resign or for the television network to fire the long-time host.
It’d be fine for Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd if MSNBC fired them. They could liken Commie Jews to Nazis as much as they want on PragerU!— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) February 23, 2020
Chris Mathews has been generous to me on a number of occasions, even blurbing my book. However, his constant references to political violence and today Nazism to describe Bernie Sanders campaign is beyond the pale. @HardballChris must resign or be fired from @MSNBC.— Arun Chaudhary (@ArunChaud) February 22, 2020
My disdain for Matthews goes well beyond these despicable Nazi comments. I am well into my 60's but find him hopelessly stuck in the 50's, unable to keep up with his educated guests, etc. He is no longer fun or quaint. #FireChrisMathews— Larry Landaker (@GivemHellLarry) February 23, 2020
Dear @MSNBC ,— Baylan is #VotingForBernie (@defheff75) February 23, 2020
The time to get the archaic Chris Matthews off the air is now. All want to talk about how Sanders supporters are divisive (which 99.9% of us are not), but don't hold your own when addressing an employee. We will NOT go away.#FireChrisMathews
Derek Hunter pointed out the one thing conservatives have said for years: the left loves to compare President Trump to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. They throw the term around willy nilly. The word was used against one of their own and suddenly there's moral outrage.
I love how leftists get so upset over @HardballChris making a Nazi analogy only when it involves one of their own, but they've spent the last 4 years constantly making Nazi analogies about Trump without any concern. #FireChrisMathews #HitlerWasAProgressive— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) February 23, 2020
No one should be throwing around the word "Nazi" willy nilly. Hitler and the Nazis were some of the worst people in human history (if not the worst). Likening every small action to these monsters does a disservice to the men, women and children who were murdered at the ends of evil.
Was what Matthews said out there? Of course. It caught us all by surprise. But the bigger issue here shouldn't be that one host on a lefty news network used the term. It's that using that term broadly – and almost daily – is acceptable for people in this country.