MSNBC’s Chris Matthews shocked his fellow pundits Friday night following the New Hampshire primary debate by suggesting Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders could erect a future dictatorship in which establishment political figures would be “executed”.
In a rant that has to be seen to be believed Matthews said of a potential Sanders presidency:
“You know, I have my own views of the word socialist and I’ll be glad to tell them, share them with you in private,” Matthews said. “They go back to the early 1950s. I have an attitude about them. I remember the Cold War. I have an attitude towards Castro, and I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War, there would have been executions in Central Park and I might’ve been one of the ones executed and certain other people would be there cheering. So, I have a problem with people who took the other side.”
Did Chris Matthews just imply Bernie Sanders is going to start assassinating people?? WTF?? pic.twitter.com/yuSIr9zLyp
— Bernie/Nina 2020 🌹 (@mikemoran2010) February 8, 2020
Matthews then immediately pivots from the historical reference to “executions in Central Park” if “the Reds had one” back to Sanders.
“I don’t know who Bernie supports over these years. I don’t know what he means by socialism. One week it’s Den-mahk, we’re going to be like Den-mahk,” the MSNBC host said, mimicking Sanders’ Brooklyn accent. “Ok, that’s harmless. That’s basically a capitalist country with a lot of good social programs. Den-mahk is harmless.”
The self-styled moderate Democrat who in the past has admitted he’s “more conservative than people think I am” set off a firestorm of controversy among progressives who’ve pointed out both MSNBC and CNN’s consistently negative coverage, which in this instance devolved into suggesting that Sen. Sanders could start political executions and assassinations if he gets in power.
Here's the video of the moment… It really is something pic.twitter.com/uKS3vxuyX1
— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) February 8, 2020
During the rant, Matthews leaves his fellow MSNBC panelists somewhat speechless and surprised at how far he took the Cold War analogy, though Chris Hayes meekly pushed back a bit:
“He’s clearly in the Denmark category,” Hayes gently pointed out.
“Is he?!” Matthews shot back.
“Yeah,” Hayes replied.
“How do you know? Did he tell you that?” Matthews pressed.
Matthews had clearly implied that Sanders himself “would be there cheering” on executions in Central Park if the Communists had won.
The live commentary Friday night immediately and predictably unleashed outrage among progressives and Bernie supporters online, confirming in their minds the mainstream’s conspiring to prevent a Bernie Sanders primary nomination for president.
However, it will be interesting to see the degree to which Trump himself taps into these same arguments against Sanders’ well-known socialist agenda should the Vermont senator actually become the Democratic Party nominee.
That may be the one truthful thing Matthews has said his whole life. Normally chris is just the same of loudmouth phony he has always been.
Just another liberal showing his bias. At least this time he is talking about a Democrat! When is the last time you heard this group talk about the whistle blower’s meeting with Obama’s staff and Ukraine representatives about passing Burisma’s investigation to the FBI and concentrating on investigating Trump or Biden”s subsequent threat to withhold the $1 Billion loan after Ukraine refused to turn over the investigation unless the investigator was fired.
Matthews obviously supports Biden!
You may not like Chris, as most Americans don’;t like him…………..but he is speaking the truth about what Socialist Communists do to ANYONE who speaks out against them, or who ever HAS SPOKEN OUT against them………….just look at N. Korea, China, Russia, Cyba, etc…………..alll of them. This is what will happen if not just Bernie, but any of these dem socialists should win……….our country would be over. the new mobs, AOC, OMAR, ILAD, etc………..they are all part of this communist movement…..and there are many more of them out there.
If people doubt that people can be killed under a dominant regime, then just ask how did the Clintonian death numbers accumulate!
I’m from the South. Are dead yankees in central park really a bad thing ? Maybe the republic can be restored. I HAVE A DREAM
Sanders is more than old enough and wealthy enough to retire. His brand of 1970’s liberal/socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried. It all looks good on paper when everyone is working and contributing. Toss a recession into the works, or a little bump in unemployment, and soon the money runs out. Sure, help where we can, but not for a life time.
know what looks good on paper ? MY money, in my pocket. Also, a bunch of notches on the handle of my gun. DEATH to tyrants !
Nor was he jolted or stunned into reality by what he saw. Rather, he stood by his praises of Communist bread lines: “That’s a good thing!” Praised the beautiful train stations. Yes, and Mussolini made the trains run on time.
Likewise he praised Castro’s Communist Cuba. He attended the Communist Sandinista celebrations in Nicaragua and praised them. He described the Sandinistas as heroic, encouraging them to keep fighting to victory.
In 1974, running unsuccessfully in Vermont for the Senate, Sanders advocated the “public takeover of all privately owned electric companies in Vermont.” That is how it works in Communism. The Government takes over private sectors, one at a time, for the “common good.” Then, for the common good, the Government assures that everything will be free. Higher education — college tuition — will be free; it is a basic human right, like breathing. Medical care will be free. All people, regardless of whether they work, will be guaranteed a weekly or monthly paycheck from the Government to assure a good living wage. As Mark Levin has noted, the entire Bernie Sanders agenda is a page taken straight out of Josef Stalin’s Bill of Rights. Truly — The Bernie Sanders “Bill of Rights” nearly identically parallels Articles 118-122 from Stalin’s 1936 Constitution.